Important New Legislation Helps Municipalities Address Growing Short-Term Rental IndustryImportant New Legislation Helps Municipalities Address Growing Short-Term Rental Industry

Important New Legislation Helps Municipalities Address Growing Short-Term Rental Industry

In recent years local officials have grappled with the poliferation of short-term rentals arranged through internet paltforms such as Airbnb, HomeAway, and VRBO.  The newly adopted state law, Chapter 337 of the Acts of 2018 (the "Act", approved by the Governor on December 28, 2018), effects important changes relative to the issue.  This alert summarizes some of the Act's salient provisions.

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Dr. Charles Desmond Receives Award from Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus for Black Excellence on the Hill

Congratulations to Charles F. Desmond, Ed.D., for being recognized by the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus (MBLLC) for Black Excellence on the Hill! Charlie has made numberious contributions to society, as well as MHTL as a member of the firm's Advisory Board.  The MBLLC Black Excellence on the Hill event was held at the Massachusetts State House on Wednesday February 4, 2019, and those in attendance include Representative Carlos González, Representative Bud Williams, and Representative Chynah Tyler, who recognized Charlie as an Honoree at the event.

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Supreme Judicial Court- Refusing to Grant a Lateral Transfer to a Preferred Position May Constitute an Adverse Employment Action

In a recent decision, Yee v. Massachusetts State Police, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held for the first time that denying an employee’s request for a lateral transfer can constitute an adverse employment action under the Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 151B which prohibits discrimination in the workplace.  The Court’s decision addresses the scope of employment actions on which an aggrieved employee may base a discrimination claim, going beyond commonly-challenged actions such as a refusal to hire, a promotional bypass, or discipline.

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