Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP Partner Presents at the International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists Conference
Attorney Katherine Hesse, a Partner at Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP and a CEBS Compliant ISCEBS Fellow, presented a Legal Update at the International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists (ISCEBS) conference last month. The ISCEBS opted to cancel their annual symposium for the second year in a row due to the ongoing pandemic, and instead held a virtual event titled “Power Up: Benefits Strategies and Innovation Virtual Conference”, co-hosted by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP). During the session, Ms. Hesse summarized recent significant court decisions that have been affecting employee benefits. In addition, she provides valuable insights, tips and checklists to help anyone assess their plan’s legal risk. Some of the Supreme Court cases that she references include topics such as the Affordable Care Act, ERISA and employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs). The key takeaways from Ms. Hesse’s session include an overview of cases relevant to health and retirement plans, tips to avoid litigation, and important agency guidelines and Supreme Court decisions.
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. Ms. Hesse also served as a professional trustee for public and Taft-Hartley trust funds and as an expert witness, mediator and arbitrator of benefit fund disputes. 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, and sits on the editorial board of Benefits Quarterly and speaks and writes regularly on employment and benefits issues. 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.