Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP Partner Presents at the Mass. Association of Contributory Retirement Systems Fall Conference
Katherine Hesse, a Partner at Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP, presented for the Massachusetts Association of Contributory Retirement System (MACRS) on October 4, 2021 at their fall conference, which was held virtually this year. Ms. Hesse’s segment was titled “COVID-19: Mandatory Vaccinations and Workplace Guidance”. During her presentation, she discussed many of the topics that are on people’s minds today, such as the federal guidance on COVID-19 vaccines, President Biden’s Path Out of the Pandemic COVID-19 Action Plan, the U.S. FDA approval of Pfizer vaccines, OSHA’s latest non-binding COVID-19 guidance, and the U.S. Department of Justice memorandum opinion. Additionally, she described the EEOC’s technical assistance question and answers, the CDC’s workplace vaccination program information page, the NIH key elements of a model workplace safety and health COVID-19 vaccination program, and the bottom line for employers and suggested best practices.
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 Receives Favorable Decision for Town of Dracut
On April 11, 2023, MHTL Attorneys Peter Mello and Madison Harris-Parks represented the Town of Dracut, and successfully obtained a preliminary injunction order requiring, among other things, that the Defendant homeowners cease renting out their pool to the public. The case, Town of Dracut by and Through Its Building Inspector vs. Nason, Gilbert et al., was initiated by the Town after the Defendants failed to comply with the Town’s associated underlying zoning enforcement order. The Town requested the injunction Read More
EXTENSION OF MUNICIPAL RELIEF MEASURES - INCLUDING OPEN MEETING LAW REMOTE OPTION - SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR
The option for public bodies in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to hold public meetings remotely or in a hybrid fashion, which came into play at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, has been extended by the General Court for another two years, until March 31, 2025. The Governor signed the legislation, which will be codified at Chapter 2 of the Acts of 2023, on March 29, 2023. Because of the inclusion of an emergency preamble, the law goes into effect immediately.
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