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Effective Enforcement During COVID-19 and Beyond: Strengthening California’s Private Attorneys General Act

Effective Enforcement During COVID-19 and Beyond: Strengthening California’s Private Attorneys General Act

COVID-19 has laid bare the consequences of years of noncompliance with and underenforcement of employment laws. Misclassified workers have been denied paid sick time and leave to which they are entitled under a number of states’ laws. Because gig-companies have...

When “Restructuring” Weakens Enforcement

When “Restructuring” Weakens Enforcement

As Sharon recently covered, in January the National Labor Relations Board’s General Counsel announced a proposal to overhaul the agency’s long-standing structure of local offices. Though some details remain sketchy, reports suggest that the idea is to consolidate the existing 26 regions into a smaller number of “districts.” Regional directors, now classified as Senior Executive Service personnel with broad authorities, would be demoted and required to funnel various decisions to a new layer of managers reporting directly to the General Counsel in Washington, D.C.

State Attorneys General:  Stepping Up to Protect People on the Job

State Attorneys General:  Stepping Up to Protect People on the Job

Fighting the dangers of tobacco, seeking redress for homeowners during the mortgage crisis, and most recently standing up against the Muslim ban – state attorneys general have long been at the forefront of efforts to protect the well-being of the people of their states.  In recent months, progressive state attorneys general have emerged as some of the nation’s foremost champions of civil rights and of humane, sensible policy in the face of declining protection at the federal level. As income inequality grows and too many American workers struggle to get a fair deal in our economy, the role of state attorneys general in enforcing statutes that protect workers’ economic interests has taken on new importance.  To build on the energy and expertise of these public servants, under the auspices of the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School, we recently hosted attorneys from the offices of 11 state attorneys general last week to discuss strategies and best practices for enforcing labor laws