Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane Attorneys Present Webinar for CCHRA
Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP was honored to present the labor and employment update for the Cape Cod Human Resources Association again this year, the only difference this year was it was presented via webinar. Attorneys Kier Wachterhauser, Nan O’Neill, and Sarah Spatafore presented in the webinar titled “Select Legal Issues Facing Employers in the COVID-19 Climate”, and touched on several reopening topics including the Four-Phase approach, OSHA, EEOC, Unemployment compensation and more. They also discussed the differences between Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSLA) and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA), both of which are under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Our attorneys defined the reasons for these acts, and how they intersect with each other. They ended the webinar with providing some return to work considerations. They took the time to pose questions for what an employer should or should not say to their returning employees. These few considerations provide a helpful guideline to any small to midsize business employer on how to conduct their business during this pandemic.
The Cape Cod Human Resources Association was founded in 1984. CCHRA is comprised of HR professionals representing such industries as finance, education, health care, manufacturing, retail, human services, and professional services. Currently CCHRA represents over 50 companies throughout the Cape Cod region.
The MCLE (Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education) sponsored an eLecture where Mary Ellen Sowyrda, a partner with Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP, presented. Alongside Ms. Sowyrda was Daniel Ahearn, Esq., and Marlies Spanjaard from the Committee for Public Counsel Services. Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), school authorities are required to conduct Manifestation Determination when it comes to discipling a student with disabilities. Their presentation, titled “How to Handle Manifestation Determination Reviews for Students with Disabilities”, focused Read More
On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA”) which provides for a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus package. State and local governments, and also many educational entities, will receive substantial funding. Having endured the last year of the global COVID-19 pandemic, both states and local governments, as well as schools, have experienced unexpected expenses, losses in revenues, and budgetary burdens. The purpose of this Client Alert is to explain generally how funds from the ARPA relief aid have been designated to alleviate those COVID-19-related challenges.