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.
Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP, Partner Katherine Hesse gave a plenary presentation on Recent Developments in ERISA on Friday September 16 to members of the Group Legal Services Association (“GLSA”) at its annual meeting in New Orleans. Among the topics she emphasized were what employers/plan sponsors need to know in the aftermath of the Dobbs decision overturning Roe v. Wade and lessons from the Court’s decision in Hughes and other class action litigation as to factors to consider Read More
On August 12, 2022, Governor Charlie Baker signed S. 3096, “An act relative to equity in the cannabis industry,” (“Act”) into law. The Act reforms Massachusetts’s existing marijuana laws, particularly with respect to host community agreements (“HCAs”), community impact fees (“CIFs”), and social consumption sites (e.g. marijuana cafes). The Act empowers the Cannabis Control Commission (“Commission”), the state regulatory agency, to exert greater control over HCAs and their CIFs. Municipalities levy CIFs on cannabis businesses to account for the costs they impose on the municipality as a result of their operations. Additionally, the Act allows municipalities to permit on-premises social consumption of marijuana at designated sites. Other notable provisions of the Act include the new Social Equity Trust Fund (“Trust Fund”), changes to the tax law regarding cannabis businesses, and various provisions concerning those persons and communities most impacted by the prior illegality of marijuana usage and sale. Governor Baker vetoed only one section of the final bill: the provision calling on the state to conduct a study of medical marijuana usage in schools.