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Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP Partner Presents Legal Update for the ISCEBS 39th Annual Employee Benefits Symposium

 

Katherine Hesse, a Partner at Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane has been presenting a legal update at the International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists, ISCEBS, annual symposium since 1987. On October 7, 2020 ISCEBS 360 launched their first virtual symposium, Ms. Hesse was amongst the speakers. Her presentation included several of the most recent U.S. Supreme Court Cases, ten tips to avoid litigation, and other recent cases and trends. Amongst the Supreme Court cases were Bostock v. Clayton County, which is a case involving discrimination against gay or transgendered individuals; Intel Corporation Investment Policy Committee v. Sulyma, a case involving the ERISA statute of limitations; and more. Ms. Hesse also discussed The Guiding Principles: The Ds: dignity, discretion, diversity, disclosure, due diligence, due process, and documentation are described as the Ds to remember. Delay, discrimination, and deceit are the Ds to avoid. She then describes which cases she talked about relate to which of the Ds. Ms. Hesse’s presentation is still available to view on the ISCEBS website.

 

Ms. Hesse practices primarily in labor, employment and employee benefits law. She serves as counsel to Fortune 500 companies, emerging businesses, government, tax-exempt organizations and governmental trusts. She advises clients on employment and benefits issues, and has litigated employment and benefits cases before state and federal trial and appellate courts, administrative agencies and arbitrators. Katherine Hesse has led her team of attorneys to be named the only firm in New England and one of only eleven in the United States to the special ERISA fiduciary litigation panel for one of the world’s largest insurance companies. She serves on the Board of Directors of the International Foundation and as Chair of its Government Liaison Committee. Ms. Hesse, a CEBS Compliant ISCEBS Fellow, was inducted into the new ISCEBS Hall of Fame in 2018.

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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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