Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane Attorneys Present “Navigating the Return to Work for Schools Webinar”
Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP hosted their third independent webinar of the year this month. Webinars have become crucial to society during the time of the current pandemic. The attorneys at MHTL wanted to make sure that their clients, and any other interested parties, could rely on them for information during this time. This webinar, titled “Navigating the Return to Work for Schools: A Review of Bargaining Obligations, Reasonable Accommodation Requirements, and Leave Options for Employees”, was presented by MHTL attorneys Andy Waugh, Kevin Bresnahan, Mike Maccaro, Sarah Spatafore, Felicia Vasudevan and Paul King. Lasting roughly two and a half hours, this presentation discussed what school administrators should expect with the pending school year and the potential issues that may arise with employees as a result. The attorneys went into detail of the paid leave acts that were created as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, and how those acts intersect with each other. They also gave examples of reasonable accommodations that employers need to provide because of these acts, along with advice on bargaining issues between employers and employees who wish to take paid leave under said acts.
Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane LLP has an extensive education law practice representing more than one hundred and eighty public, private, and nonprofit educational institutions from pre-K through the college and university level. The firm is also known throughout New England for its labor and employment practice as well as its expansive municipal law practice.
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.