Ms. Zeiler represents public and private clients in the areas of labor, employment and education law.  She negotiates collective bargaining agreements and has represented clients in a wide variety of cases at arbitration, before administrative agencies, and in court.  She has appeared before the Massachusetts Department of Labor Relations, Civil Service Commission, MCAD, NLRB, MSPB and FLRA. 

Prior to joining MHTL, Ms. Zeiler was General Counsel at the Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards.  She managed the minimum wage and prevailing wage programs, and served as legal counsel for the municipal health and safety, state OSHA, and apprenticeship programs.  She consulted with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Wage and Hour Division on administration and enforcement of wage laws and public outreach on compliance with laws.

Ms. Zeiler worked for many years for a large public sector labor union, including as Deputy General Counsel, and handled hundreds of arbitrations, unfair labor practice cases, and representation cases for municipal, state, federal and private sector members.

Ms. Zeiler is on the Executive Board of the Labor and Employment Relations Association, Boston Chapter, and was President for three years.  While with the state, she served as President of the Interstate Labor Standards Association.  She was on the Labor and Employment Steering Committee of the Boston Bar Association.  She graduated from Mount Holyoke College with honors, and from the University of Georgia School of Law, where she served as Notes Editor of the Journal of International and Comparative Law.  She is a member of the Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Georgia Bars, and is admitted to the U.S. District Court for Massachusetts and U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third and Federal Circuits.

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St. Mary's Center for Women and Children Diamonds of Dorchester

On October 20, 2016, Attorney Katherine Hesse introduced Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker at the annual St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children Diamonds of Dorchester event which was held at the Westin Copley Place.  Ms. Hesse currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children which focuses on offering innovative and family-centered programs for women and children who have experienced trauma and are living in poverty.  As Governor Baker noted, the St. Mary’s Center has been known for “healing” for well over 100 years.   According to Attorney Hesse, “of the many charities in which I have been involved over the last 40 years of my professional career, St. Mary’s is closest to my heart.”  Other highlights of the evening included Lorrie Higgins receiving the John M. Corcoran Award for Excellence based upon her advocacy of and commitment in helping those most vulnerable in our community.  Over six hundred individuals attended the event, which raised approximately $500,000 for the women and children who rely upon the center.  

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On September 5, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security issued a memorandum announcing the rescission of the June 15, 2012 Memorandum entitled Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion with Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children, which had established the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, commonly referred to as “DACA.” This may have a significant impact on employers who rely on individuals in their workforce with lawful immigration status through DACA.

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