Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP Partner Presents at the 2021 Massachusetts Municipal Association Annual Meeting and Trade Show
Katherine Hesse, a partner at Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP presented a Legal Update at this year’s MMA Annual Meeting and Trade Show. The annual meeting was held virtually this year due to the coronavirus, but there were still hundreds of attendees present to watch the presentations online. The two-day event had showed many professionals presenting on various municipal topics, along with some impressive keynote speakers including Governor Baker and Lieutenant Governor Polito. Throughout the event many companies held virtual booths for anyone attending the presentations to visit and speak with a professional. Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP had their own virtual booth, with municipal attorneys available to answer any questions.
Ms. Hesse was a panelist for the legal update workshop along with Demitrios Moschos of Counsel, Seder and Chandler, and Melissa Murray of Norris, Murray & Peloquin, LLC. During her presentation, Ms. Hesse discussed the statistics and key takeaways for the Joint Labor-Management Committee and Department of Labor Relations, where she advises to try to settle before going to arbitration, think strategically and other tips. She also provided statistics and case examples for the Civil Service Commission, Contributory Retirement Appeal Board and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. Some notable cases that she referenced were Lukasick v. Massachusetts Teacher’s Retirement System, Stokes-DeSalvo v. State Board of Retirement and Decesaro v. Middlesex County Retirement Board. Mr. Moschos discussed the updates on legislation and case law from 2020. Ms. Murray’s presentation focused on the Massachusetts Police Reform Bill that was filed by Governor Baker in June of 2020.
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 large Taft-Hartley 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. She led her team of attorneys to be named the only firm in New England and one of only 11 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. She received her B.A. degree from Smith College and her J.D. degree from the Boston University School of Law.
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
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.