Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP Presents Their Labor and Employment Law Update in Collaboration with the Greater Merrimack Valley Human Resource Association
On April 7, 2022 Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP presented their Labor & Employment Law Update, sponsored by the Greater Merrimack Valley Human Resource Association. Several of the firm’s attorneys presented on various topics, including Kier Wachterhauser, Michael Maccaro, Sarah Spatafore, Kathryn Murphy, Clifford Rhodes and Rachel Millette, as well as a member of the firm’s advisory board, Charles Desmond. Attorney Kier Wachterhauser began the presentation with a 2021-2022 case law update, including cases from the U.S. Supreme Court, the Supreme Judicial Court, and other notable cases from the past year. Attorney Rachel Millette’s session focused on federal and Massachusetts statutory and regulatory updates, which included updates on the EEOC, MCAD, PFML, the withdrawal of Trump-era FLSA regulations, and more. The next topic was presented by Attorneys Kathy Murphy and Cliff Rhodes titled “Remote Workforce and Employment Law Considerations”. During their presentation they talked about the strategic, operational and legal considerations of remote work, as well as provided information on tax withholding for telecommuters in Massachusetts. Attorneys Michael Maccaro and Sarah Spatafore presented together on “Hiring in a Tight Labor Market: Avoiding Legal Pitfalls Now & Later”, where they broke down the hiring process into 6 categories: postings, interview, offer, background checks, using social media in hiring, and onboarding. The presentation concluded with the topic of diversity, equity and inclusion, presented by Attorney Nan ONeill and Charles Desmond of MHTL’s advisory board, and was titled “DEI: Looking Through the Legal Lens”. Ms. ONeill and Mr. Desmond described typical DEI litigation that arises, and outlined how to prevent those claims from occurring, as well as how to defend against those claims if they do occur.
Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP is one of the 50 largest firms in Massachusetts, their years of experience and resources offer clients throughout New England and nationally a wide range of legal services while maintaining a “hands-on touch” that is important in Client-Attorney relationships. Their broad resources and technology enable them to represent clients in a comprehensive and cost-efficient manner. MHTL has a strong reputation in the legal community and is 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.
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.