Katherine Hesse Inducted into Inaugural ISCEBS Hall of Fame

Katherine Hesse Inducted into Inaugural ISCEBS Hall of Fame

MHTL Partner, Katherine Hesse, has been inducted into the International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists (ISCEBS) Hall of Fame.  ISCEBS recognizes Katherine for her significant and consistent contributions to the Society and individual CEBS graduates alike.  Katherine has attended the ISCEBS Symposium since its inception, and gives regular presentations and workshops on the dynamic landscape of federal and state legal decisions within the sphere of employee benefits. 

Katherine is a valued member of the Employee Benefits community, having served as ISCEBS Boston Chapter President, Society President, and a member of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit's Board of Directors.  Katherine's dedication and ability has earned her the honor of entry into the ISCEBS Inagural Hall of Fame Class of 2018.  For more information about the ISCEBS Hall of Fame Class of 2018, go to https://www.iscebs.org/Pages/iscebs-hof.aspx.

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St Florian & Feeney Named By Board of Bar Overseers

MHTL is pleased to announce that two of its attorneys have been named by the Board of Bar Overseers to serve as Hearing Officers for the 2019-2021 term. Alisia St. Florian is a Partner in the firm’s Education Department. Focusing her practice on the representation of public school districts and collaborative schools in matters pertaining to special education, student discipline and civil rights matters. Matthew Feeney is an Attorney in the firm’s litigation department, having served as an Assistant District Attorney prior to joining the firm. Matt has extensive trial experience with close to 100 jury trials in his career. MHTL is honored to be the only firm having two of its attorneys serving as BBO Hearing Officers for this upcoming term.

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U.S. Department of Labor Proposes [Again] Increasing Salary Minimum for Federal Overtime Exemption

As you know from prior Client Alerts, in 2015 the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) proposed, among other things, increasing the “salary level test” for exempt employees from the current $455 per week (or $23,660/year) to an indexed amount originally proposed at about $970 per week (or $50,440/year).  The DOL also proposed increasing the “highly compensated employee” exemption from the current $100,000 per year to an indexed amount originally proposed at about $123,000 per year.  After those changes were memorialized in a Final Rule, these proposed changes were challenged in court and essentially abandoned by DOL after the 2016 election.

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