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Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP Partners Present for MassLeague’s 2022 Community Health Institute

 

The Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers held their Annual Community Health Institute (“CHI”) in North Falmouth earlier this month. Attorneys Kier Wachterhauser and Nan ONeill, both partners at Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP, presented “COVID-19 Now and Later – Navigating the COVID-Related Issues of Today and Preparing for the Changed Workplace of Tomorrow”. They began their presentation with discussing the American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA”), which was followed by the topic “ARPA: COBRA Premium Coverage”. During the next segment, Mr. Wachterhauser and Ms. ONeill gave an FFCRA and tax credits update. After that update, they outlined the best practices for work at home policies before discussing wage and hour considerations. Finally, Mr. Wachterhauser and Ms. ONeill ended their presentation with the topic of “COVID Issues for the Short- and Long-Term Future”, during which they discussed vaccinations, OSHA, unemployment assistance, and more.

 

Ms. ONeill is a Partner at the firm with 30 years of experience counseling and representing employers in all aspects of traditional labor law and employment.  She has extensive experience in labor arbitration and litigation of employment-related disputes, including discrimination, sexual harassment and wrongful termination matters, before state and federal courts and administrative agencies. As an employment lawyer, in addition to the litigation of employment-related disputes, Ms. ONeill counsels clients on a day-to-day basis on employment compliance issues. Ms. ONeill is a graduate of Boston College and the Georgetown University Law Center, where she served as Articles and Notes Editor of the American Criminal Law Review.

 

Mr. Wachterhauser is a partner at MHTL.  Mr. Wachterhauser represents private and public sector clients in all areas of labor and employment law and maintains a general litigation practice.  Mr. Wachterhauser regularly counsels clients on employment matters, including wage and hour, leave entitlements, and discrimination and harassment matters, as well as the drafting of employment policies and contracts, and represents clients in employment-related litigation before state and federal courts and administrative bodies. Mr. Wachterhauser received his Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law, where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Boston University Law Review. He received a Masters of Arts degree from Northwestern University and graduated from Swarthmore College with honors.

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