Illinois Prevailing Wage Amendment to Include Truckers to Be Heard in Labor Committee

Illinois House Bill 4893, as sponsored by State Representative Jay Hoffman, D-Belleville, amends the state’s Prevailing Wage Act to classify trucking companies and independent owner/operators as subcontractors, and subject to the state’s prevailing wage rates. House Bill 4893 will be heard in the House Labor Comm. on April 10 at 3 p.m. in Springfield.

Martone to Update SIBA Members on Fiduciary Duties

On Tuesday, March 27, Southern Illinois Builders Association (SIBA) General Counsel and HesseMartone President, Andy Martone, will present an update on Fiduciary Duties at SIBA’s offices O’Fallon, Illinois. He will be discussing fiduciary duties as a trustee, conflicts of interest and hybrid plans and options beginning at 4 p.m., with happy hour to follow. SIBA members should register their attendance with the SIBA office.

Martone presents to Food and Dairy Human Resources/Labor Relations Conference

HM prides itself on providing pragmatic, real world legal solutions to its clients, and is particularly honored when asked to discuss those solutions with large business associations. Andy Martone was honored this week by the Food & Dairy Human Resources/Labor Relations Conference, where he participated in an attorney panel discussing employment law changes.

Martone Selected by Peers as One of the Best Lawyers in St. Louis

HesseMartone is proud to announce that its President and CEO, Andy Martone, has been named as one of St. Louis’s best lawyers. St. Louis Magazine annually announces the “Best of St. Louis” as nominated by its readers and sought after professionals.  “While it is always an honor to be recognized, it is especially humbling to be nominated by my peers,” said Andy Martone, President and CEO of HesseMartone.

St. Louis Magazine, St. Louis At Home, St. Louis Family, and—SLM Media Group has built a desirable audience within the St. Louis metropolitan area, through award-winning editorial and design; paid, targeted circulation; signature events; and an educated and affluent readership. A locally owned and operated company, we create informative, beautiful publications that serve as the local authority on what is so great about the Gateway City. We provide our readers—both monthly through our printed publications, and daily through our website—with useful, current information that helps them make the most out of living in St. Louis. Through our pages, St. Louisans can connect with their city in a whole new way.

Prairie Farms’s Successful Defense of Employment Termination

Prairie Farms, as represented by Hesse Martone attorneys Andy Martone and Willie McGarry, successfully defended against Teamsters’s Local 525 its decision to terminate an employee based upon misrepresentation of illness and violation of its attendance policy. Local 525 of Chauffeurs, Teamsters, Warehousemen and Helpers represented the former employee, and claimed a violation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Arbitrator Cynthia Stanley issued her order denying Local 525’s claims on February 21.

Andy Martone Presents to AGC of Missouri

On February 20, 2018, Andy Martone will speak before the Associated General Contractors of Missouri’s HR Forum Group in St. Louis, Missouri on the topic of “Preparing for and Responding to a Fund Audit and an Affirmative Action Audit.”  You can find the AGC of Missouri online here.

HesseMartone Welcomes Morgan Taylor

HesseMartone is pleased to announce that Morgan Taylor has joined the firm as an Attorney.  Morgan will represent management in employment litigation matters in state and federal courts.  She will also advise clients concerning personnel issues and employment agreements.

Prior to joining HesseMartone, Morgan was an associate at Weiss Attorneys at Law where she represented employees and small and mid-sized employers in labor and employment matters.  She attended a dual-degree program at Saint Louis University where she received her Juris Doctorate and MBA.  Morgan also earned a Concentration in Health Law.

Morgan is licensed to practice law in Missouri and Illinois.

HesseMartone is Excited to Welcome Jason Truesdell

HesseMartone is excited to welcome Jason Truesdell as its first Executive Officer. An experienced corporate attorney, Jason will work with the Firm’s management team, attorneys and staff to plan and execute the Firm’s strategic and operational initiatives. He also provides legal services to HesseMartone’s clients in the area of contracts and other transactional matters.

Prior to joining HesseMartone, Jason served as SVP, Partner and Associate Counsel for the multi-national public relations firm, Fleishman-Hillard Inc. In that role, Jason provided legal advice and services to FleishmanHillard’s employees throughout the world regarding the various issues encountered by the firm daily. Jason began his legal career at the medical malpractice and insurance defense firm, Anderson and Gilbert.

Jason is licensed to practice law in Missouri and Illinois.

HesseMartone Congratulates Heather Siddle

HesseMartone attorney, Heather Siddle, will be going in-house for local business, Tom Lange Company. Heather will join Tom Lange Company in February 2018 as its Corporate Counsel/HR Director. Tom Lange Company is a national and international player in the produce industry.

Heather began working for HesseMartone in August of 2014. Her legal practice focused on advising clients and representing management on a wide variety of employment and labor law compliance, management and litigation issues. Her work involved the laws of multiple states and Canada.

We congratulate Heather on her new position and wish her the very best at Tom Lange Company!

HesseMartone Congratulates Will Buchanan

HesseMartone attorney Will Buchanan will cross the river to Belleville, Illinois to serve as an Assistant Attorney General in the General Law Bureau of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office.

Buchanan started at HesseMartone in January 2017.  In his practice, he represented employers in employment litigation in federal and state court.  He also worked with management clients in labor arbitrations.  Will regularly appeared in court, defended clients in depositions, and drafted pleadings and motions.