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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.

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  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

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MARIJUANA REFORM BILL BECOMES LAW

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.

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