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Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP Presents Their Annual Labor & Employment Law Update Virtually

 

The MHTL 2020 Annual Labor & Employment Law Update, which was originally planned to take place in April of 2020, was presented virtually on October 29th. Among the speakers were partners of the firm Kier Wachterhauser, Sarah Spatafore, Nan O’Neill, and Kathy Murphy presenting to roughly 300 registrants.

 

Mr. Wachterhauser and Ms. Spatafore presented on lessons from the year’s top cases and a regulatory and statutory update. Ms. O’Neill, along with Mr. Wachterhauser presented a toolkit for meeting reasonable accommodation obligations. Ms. Spatafore and Ms. O’Neill reported on internal investigations in the 2020 context. Then after a brief break the attorney’s held a COVID-19 update panel. The panel focused on recent COVID-19 developments employers must consider when making a variety of business and employment decisions, including return to work protocols, remote work issues, COVID testing, and wage and hour implications.

 

Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP has been presenting their annual Labor & Employment Law Update for many years. The program was held virtually but was still able to help employers navigate the complex field of labor and employment law. This session concentrated on evolving employment-related laws, regulations, and trends in today’s workplace.

 

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