Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP Presents Their Annual Labor & Employment Law Update Virtually
The Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP 2021 Annual Labor & Employment Law Update, presented in collaboration with the South Shore Chamber of Commerce, was held as a webinar on May 6, 2021. As the pandemic continues to restrict social gatherings, MHTL decided to hold their annual update virtually again this year to ensure the safety of speakers and attendees. Among the speakers were partners of the firm Kier Wachterhauser, Sarah Spatafore, Nan ONeill, Michael Maccaro and Kathy Murphy presenting to roughly 300 registrants.
The first segment of the live webinar was presented by Mr. Wachterhauser and Ms. Spatafore where they discussed lessons from the year’s top cases, as well as a regulatory and statutory update. They also provide a PFML law update and discuss the EEOC’s recent updates as well as an overview of the new American Rescue Plan Act and how it impacts COBRA. Mr. Maccaro presents on the NLRA, NLRB, and highlights what every employer needs to know about the myriad of changes already made at the Board and what to expect when moving forward. The next segment is presented by Ms. ONeill, Ms. Murphy, Ms. Spatafore and Mr. Wachterhauser, and focuses on COVID-19 and the developments affecting employers, examining the changing workplace and the ongoing workplace safety concerns. The final segment of the webinar is about discipline and discharge in the workplace, presented by Ms. ONeill. During this time she provides advice and best practice for HR practitioners.
Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP has been presenting their annual Labor & Employment Law Update for decades. The program was held virtually but was still able to help employers navigate the complex field of labor and employment law. 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.
Attorney Felicia Vasudevan, a partner at Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP, received a favorable decision on behalf of her client, Marshfield Public Schools. The Plaintiff appealed the district court’s judgement that upheld a decision of the Massachusetts Bureau of Special Education Appeals (“BSEA”). However, as the notice was filed more than 30 days after entry, the First Circuit ultimately dismissed the appeal for being untimely. The Plaintiff also appealed the district court’s order, denying her motion to vacate. Read More
Following our Alert from March 16, 2023, Civility is Dead – The Supreme Court Rules Municipal Control of Public Speak Limited to Reasonable Time/Place/Manner Restrictions, which discussed the holding to the Supreme Judicial Court’s decision in Barron v. Kolenda and the Town of Southborough (SJC-13284), we promised to bring you more detailed guidance on developing a Public Speak policy for your public body or municipality. The Barron case involved a constitutional challenge to the Town of Southborough’s public comment policy, which attempted to impose a code of civility on members of the public who participated in public comment before public bodies. In Barron, the court interpreted the state constitution to mean that public bodies may request, but not require, that public commentators be respectful and courteous. Instead, a public body may set restrictions on reasonable time, place, and manner comments to ensure that the meeting retains an orderly and peaceable manner.