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Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP Partner Presents Annual Labor Law Update

 

Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP Partner, Michael Maccaro, presented the Annual Labor Law Update for the Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA) earlier this month. The MMA made a last minute decision to cancel their annual conference, which takes place every January, due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the state. However, they were able to quickly coordinate with speakers to conduct their presentations virtually. Mr. Maccaro’s presentation provided an overview of selected case law developments, including decisions from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the Massachusetts Appeals Court, the Massachusetts Superior Court and the First Circuit Court of Appeals. Additionally, he discussed  the current Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) statistics and the impact from COVID-19, as well as selected decisions from the MCAD. Lastly, Mr. Maccaro gave an overview of recent and pending legislation, such as the Emergency COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave, Juneteenth, MA Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (PFML), the Massachusetts Police Reform and OSHA.

 

Michael Maccaro’s practice is focused on the areas of labor and employment in the public and private sector, litigation, and employee benefits. Prior to joining Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP, Mr. Maccaro served as Associate General Counsel for a large public sector labor union.  He has litigated numerous matters, negotiated hundreds of contracts and has argued before various state courts, appellate courts, and administrative agencies throughout New England.  Mr. Maccaro has served as an Adjunct Professor at the Massachusetts School of Law where he has taught legal writing and appellate advocacy. He is the 2019 recipient of the Cushing-Gavin Award for excellence in providing management labor relations legal counsel. Attorney Maccaro is also involved with training new lawyers on arbitration best practices. He graduated from Bates College in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Chemistry and received his Juris Doctor in 2004 from Northeastern University School of Law.

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MARIJUANA REFORM BILL BECOMES LAW

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.

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