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Central States Pension Fund Bailout

The Teamsters Central States Pension Fund is finally on track to receive $36 billion in Special Financial Assistance, a taxpayer-funded bailout under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 that will prevent Central States from becoming insolvent in the near future. This raises many issues for employers who participate in Central States and who have […]

Missouri Marijuana Update

Amendment 3 was officially added to Missouri’s Constitution on Thursday, December 8, legalizing recreational marijuana for adults 21 years of age or older and simultaneously creating legal protections for people who hold medical marijuana cards and test positive for marijuana.  This amendment does not limit these protections exclusively to people who hold Missouri medical cards—it […]

PBGC’s Bailout and Withdrawal Liability Rules Stiff Employers

For some time, several multi-employer defined benefit pension plans have been in a state of crisis, with a substantial number facing imminent insolvency. While one can argue about the cause of this crisis – and there is plenty of blame to go around – one thing is certain: employers that paid their required pension contributions […]

Proposed NLRB rule to expand the definition of “joint employer”

On September 6, 2022, the NLRB issued a proposed series of new rules on “joint employer” status that will make it easier for the Board and labor unions to have two separate employers classified as “joint employers.” The actual document (scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on September 7) is 70 pages long, […]

The impact of the PRO Act on Construction Employers

When President Biden was on the campaign trail, he promised that he would be “the most pro-union president you’ve ever seen.” He was not kidding. The PRO Act has passed the House. While it is still too early to tell if the PRO Act will make it through the Senate – and, if it does, […]


HesseMartone has a long history of charitable contribution, and we are proud to support our employees who strive both inside and outside the Firm to make a difference in our communities. Marney Cullen, litigation paralegal, has been elected to the national Board of Directors for The RESCU Foundation, Inc.  The RESCU Foundation is a 501(c)(3) […]


In a January 25, 2019 decision in SuperShuttle DFW, Inc, the National Labor Relations Board returned to its long-standing independent-contractor standard, reaffirming the Board’s adherence to the traditional common-law test.  In doing so, the Board clarified the significant role entrepreneurial opportunity plays in its determination of independent-contractor status, as the D.C. Circuit has recognized.  The decision […]