Terri Gerstein Champions Collaboration between Academics and Workplace Law Enforcers

Terri Gerstein (’95), Director of the State and Local Enforcement Project at the Harvard Law School Labor and Worklife Program, contributed an article to The Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) Perspectives on Work 2022 posing questions for academic research to enhance workplace law enforcement, discussing how expanding discourse between scholars and government enforcers serves both theory and practice to the benefit of workers (“Why Workplace Scholars and Enforcers Should Be In Conversation,” 2022). “[S]cholars who study enforcement should be in regular conversation with enforcers on the ground; everyone benefits from cross-pollination. . . . It is indeed a moment for action. . . . There’s exciting potential for interesting and influential research through dialogue and conversation between these two groups. And there’s a wealth of possibilities for study, theory, and practice at the state and local levels, where innovation and experimentation abound, and smart people start each day thinking about how to protect working people.”