Terri Gerstein Highlights New Labor Law Enforcement Actions

Terri Gerstein (‘95), Director of the State and Local Enforcement Project at the Harvard Law School Labor and Worklife Program, presented another chapter in her series detailing recent state and local labor enforcement actions for the Economic Policy Institute’s Working Economics Blog (“State Attorney General Addresses Extreme Underpayment of Immigrant Detainees,” Dec. 7). “Recent cases brought by state and local enforcers address a host of violations. These include extreme underpayment of immigrant detainees; failure to pay overtime or provide paid sick leave to home health aides; unsafe working conditions at Amazon; failure to provide hotel workers with advance notice of a jobsite closure; and underpayment of construction workers on a public university building. State and local enforcers also weighed in on federal policy issues, sending a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) about how DHS enforcement could facilitate labor protections, and announcing the resolution of a lawsuit challenging a Trump-era rule weakening tipped workers’ rights.”