Interstate Labor Standards Association Annual Meeting (ILSA)

August 20-25, 2017
Double Tree Hotel and Conference Center, Little Rock, AR

This is the national association of all of the state wage and hour enforcement agencies. Rutgers SMLR’s Center for Innovation in Worker Organization (CIWO) has been building a relationship with ILSA over the past year, inviting it to co-sponsor our webinars with the Center on Law and Social Policy (CLASP) on various enforcement topics for agency officials, and inviting its President to a major convening at the Open Society Foundations in March of key federal, state and local labor agencies and civil society partners to discuss the new national landscape. ILSA circulated information about our webinars, was supportive of our survey of enforcement agencies and invited us to be one of the keynote speakers at this year’s annual meeting.

Session: Beyond Complaint-Based Enforcement

Focus: The session focused on research-based theories of enforcement strategy and proactive enforcement strategies such as strategic enforcement—targeting those sectors with the highest underlying rates of violations—and co-enforcement—partnering with civil society to identify violations and advance sector-wide compliance--and process improvements to free up resources from complaint-based enforcement. MCTF’s presentation highlighted the unique and substantial contributions that worker organizations are making to labor standards enforcement.


  • Janice Fine, Research and Strategy Director, CIWO and
  • Lilia Garcia-Brower, Maintenance Cooperation Trust Fund (MCTF)