- Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination
Media Contact for MCAD to Hold Public Hearings in October 2019 on Proposed Changes to Procedural Regulations
H Harrison, Assistant to the Commissioners
MASS. — The MCAD is pleased to announce that it will hold a series of public hearings on proposed changes to its Rules of Procedure found at 804 CMR 1.00 in October 2019. The dates, times and locations of the five public hearings can be found here: MCAD Notice of Public Hearing. An electronic copy of the proposed regulations can be viewed on the agency website: MCAD Statutes and Regulations.
The overarching goal of the revision process is to develop clearer procedural regulations that accurately reflect the agency’s practices and procedures. In an effort to provide the public with ample opportunity to share their feedback on the proposed changes in advance of formal public hearings, the MCAD initiated a ‘soft launch’ of draft procedural regulations in January of 2019. The MCAD greatly appreciates the public input it received and presents its final draft for formal public hearing, which reflects careful consideration of the comments received to date.
The proposed regulations clarify and simplify the processes and procedures at the MCAD by including a new definition section at the beginning of the regulations, and reordering the sections chronologically to mirror the investigation, prosecution and adjudication proceedings at the agency. Additionally, informal practices developed over the nearly twenty years since the procedural regulations were first promulgated have been incorporated into the proposed regulations, as well as new rules intended to promote efficiency. Other changes include specific timelines related to housing discrimination complaints dual-filed with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD); the expansion of time permitted for filing motions to reconsider Probable Cause findings; and new service rules applicable to the Commission.
The MCAD looks forward to receiving further input through the formal public hearing process. Many thanks to those who have assisted in improving the agency’s procedural rules through careful consideration of these proposed changes.