New York partner Jerry Hathaway spoke at the 11th Annual American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Conference in Washington, D.C., on November 9. Jerry’s panel was titled “Immigration and Human Trafficking: Creative Responses to Gender-Based Violence in the Workplace and in Global Supply Chains.”
Jerry presented on the issue of how various state and national governments are engaged in regulating oversight of forced labor and trafficking within global supply chains, with a focus on California law, the relatively recent amendments to the Federal Acquisition Regulations, the UK’s anti-slavery laws and the very recently enacted French law, all of which require companies to report on their monitoring efforts, though in varying degrees. The panel also reviewed available U.S. legal frameworks, as well as seizure and criminal remedies available under the recently amended Tariff Act. Derek Baxter of the Department of Labor, Eric Stener Carlson of the International Labour Organization, Cathy Feingold of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, Sophia Lin of the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable, Rachel Micah-Jones of Centro de los Derechos del Migrante and Jennifer Rosenbaum of Yale Law School also joined the panel.