The State and Local Enforcement Project strengthens enforcement and catalyzes state and local action to protect and advance workers’ rights, including by helping spur greater involvement in worker issues by government actors historically uninvolved in worker issues.
In many instances, states and localities have been at the forefront of innovations in enforcing workers’ rights, with new laws, new approaches to enforcement, and new government agencies and actors involved in worker protection. The Project supports these innovations and these efforts in various ways: by issuing reports, toolkits, and briefings; providing trainings and webinars; offering technical assistance; and more. The Project also assists worker organizations hoping to build relationships or work more effectively with these agencies.
The Project focuses especially on three groups of government enforcers who are all relatively new to workers’ rights enforcement: State Attorneys General; cities and other local labor agencies; and district attorneys and other state and local criminal prosecutors. In addition to serving as a resource for and source of expertise about these new enforcers, the Project created and facilitates working groups in each category, building a network of peers who can collaborate and learn from each other.
The Project is a joint project of the Harvard Labor and Worklife Program and the Economic Policy Institute.
Learn more about the Project’s work:
- Reports, Briefings, Toolkits, Articles
- Op-eds and Commentary
- State and Local Enforcer Blog Posts
- Other Blog Posts