Labor Standards Enforcement Toolkit

Tool 1: Complaints, Intake, and Triage

This brief highlights strategies for conducting and triaging intakes to help efficiently manage and prioritize them.

  • Sample Procedures:  Janice Fine and Tia Koonse's document referenced on page 7 of Tool 1 with further recommendations on intake forms and procedures, as well as model intake questions. 
  • Related webinar:  Intake and Triage Processes  Video  |  Presentation

Tool 2: Investigations

Addressing the nuts and bolts of enforcement, this brief offers strategies for ensuring the biggest impact given an agency’s resources.

Tool 3: Collections

This brief includes strategies for collecting and getting money in workers' pockets once the agency determines they're owed wages.

  • Related webinar:  Strategies for Improved Collections on Wage and Paid Sick Day Judgments and Settlement Agreements  Video  |   Presentation

Tool 4: Introduction To Strategic Enforcement

This brief describes strategic enforcement and offers techniques for prioritizing and directing outreach and enforcement efforts to where the problems are largest, workers are least likely to exercise their legal rights, and agencies can impact industry-wide compliance. 

  • Related webinar: Strategic Enforcement 

Tool 5: Addressing and Preventing Retaliation and Immigration-Based Threats to Workers

This brief provides insights into the types of retaliation workers experience, including the particular threats immigrant workers may face, and gives practical strategies and techniques to prevent and remedy retaliation.

  • Related webinar: Protecting Vulnerable Immigrant Workers Against Retaliation  Video  |  Presentation

Tool 6: Negotiations and Settlement Agreements

This brief will help labor standards enforcement agencies incorporate principles of strategic enforcement into their negotiation and settlement practices to better achieve ongoing compliance. 

  • Related webinar:  Strategies for Improved Collections on Wage and Paid Sick Day Judgments and Settlement Agreements  Video  |   Presentation

Tool 7: Sharing Information with Community Organizations 

This brief will help guide labor standards enforcement agencies and community and worker organizations to establish and maintain strong partnerships in which open and regular information sharing is prioritized.

Tool 8: A Baker's Dozen of Essential Enforcement Powers

This brief summarizes 13 powers that are essential to robust labor standards enforcement, provides examples, and discusses how an agency may obtain powers it does not already possess. 

Tool 9: Assessing and Maximizing Labor Standards Enforcement Powers

This interactive tool supports labor standards enforcement agencies to expand their powers by evaluating which powers they have and use, which powers they may start to maximize, and which powers they may strive to obtain. 

Tool 10: Managing for Strategic Enforcement: A Conceptual Toolkit

Written primarily for agency leaders and managers, this brief examines management principles and real world examples to support an agency's transition to strategic enforcement. 

The workplace justice lab@RU is working on additional briefs in the series covering co-enforcement, managing for strategic enforcement, and more. These tools will be made available over the next few months, so bookmark this page and check back for updates to ensure your enforcement toolbox has all the tools you need.  

An Advocate’s Guide to Building Stronger Labor Standards Enforcement

An Advocate’s Guide to Building Stronger Labor Standards Enforcement is the workplace justice lab@RU's new series aimed at providing worker advocates and policy organizations with strategies for leveraging labor standards enforcement to ensure hard-fought worker protections are realized.

  • Building Block 1: Essential Labor Standards Enforcement Powers
    This brief is a guide for advocates and policy organizations on essential statutory powers administrative agencies need to robustly enforce labor standards laws. Using real life examples that contrast strong and inadequate statutory language, this paper describes how legal provisions or omissions can restrict or bolster fundamental enforcement powers. It also provides model language that can be used in drafting new labor standards laws and amendments to existing labor standards legislation. Download the brief