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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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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