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. Read More
The Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP 2021 Annual Labor & Employment Law Update, presented in collaboration with the South Shore Chamber of Commerce, was held as a webinar on May 6, 2021. As the pandemic continues to restrict social gatherings, MHTL decided to hold their annual update virtually again this year to ensure the safety of speakers and attendees. Among the speakers were partners of the firm Kier Wachterhauser, Sarah Spatafore, Nan ONeill, Michael Maccaro and Kathy Read More
On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA”) which provides for a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus package. State and local governments, and also many educational entities, will receive substantial funding. Having endured the last year of the global COVID-19 pandemic, both states and local governments, as well as schools, have experienced unexpected expenses, losses in revenues, and budgetary burdens. The purpose of this Client Alert is to explain generally how funds from the ARPA relief aid have been designated to alleviate those COVID-19-related challenges.