Photo Gallery: Patricia Smith and Laura Fortman in Boston
(July 29, 2013)
Solicitor of Labor Patricia Smith (left) and Wage and Hour Division Principal Deputy Administrator Laura Fortman, both former state labor officials, take questions after addressing the National Association of Government Labor Officials annual meeting July 29, in Boston. Smith’s address focused on state and federal agency collaboration while Fortman addressed the impact and significance of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Solicitor of Labor Patricia Smith tells the audience of state labor officials of successful collaborations with Connecticut and Utah in protecting workers’ rights.
Wage and Hour Division Principal Deputy Administrator Laura Fortman tells the audience that the more than $927 million in back wages recovered by her agency since 2009 “are not gifts to workers. They are wages these folks earned but did not receive.”
Wage and Hour Division Principal Deputy Administrator Fortman converses with Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health Executive Director Marcy Goldstein-Gelb(left) and Greater Boston Legal Services Lead Attorney Monica Halas (R) at the National Association of Government Labor Officials annual meeting July 29, in Boston.
Regional Solicitor Michael Felsen and Solicitor of Labor Patricia Smith listen to state labor officials discussing their approaches to addressing the challenge of worker misclassification.