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Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP Lawyers Present at the MMHR Labor Relations Law Update

 

 

Partner Michael Maccaro and attorney Paul King presented at the Massachusetts Municipal Human Resources Association Labor Relations Law Update on October 29, 2020. Mr. Maccaro and Mr. King were introduced on the virtual update by partner, Katherine Hesse. MHTL’s attorneys discussed recent U.S. Supreme Court, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and Massachusetts Appeals Court cases. A few of the cases included were Bostock v. Clayton County from June 2020, Little Sisters of the Poor Saints Peter and Paul Home v. Pennsylvania from July 2020, DaPrato v. Mass Water Resources Authority, Parker v. EnerNOC Inc., and Donis v. American Waste Services, LLC. Next, they gave a brief regulatory update with agency updates and the recent changes and amendments regarding OSHA. Mr. Maccaro and Mr. King also talked about The Families First Coronavirus Relief Act, specifically the employee leave entitlements. Lastly, they reviewed Governor Baker’s COVID-19 Order No. 45, which was signed by the Governor on July 24, 2020.

 

Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane LLP is also known throughout New England for its labor and employment practice as well as its extensive business litigation and advising employers on internal reviews and strategic legal approaches when dealing with the government. The firm also has an extensive education law practice representing public, private, and nonprofit educational institutions from pre-K through the college and university level.

 

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