Japanese Scholar-Dignitary Visits 16 Beacon

On Wednesday, March 26, 2014, members of the Labor & Employment Section welcomed Aiko Abe, Unit Chief of the Counsellor’s Office for Information Policy in the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.  Ms. Abe is spending five months in the United States as a Visiting Researcher, primarily based at Boston College Law School.

While in Boston, Ms. Abe is studying U.S. employment laws and the Fair Labor Standards Act, regulations and recognition of labor conditions, and employment contract issues.  Ms. Abe’s fellowship is facilitated by the International Visitor Leadership Program, an initiative of the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. 

Section Co-Chair Alida Bogran-Acosta (Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C.), Judy L. Polacheck (Polacheck HR Law LLC), and Kate J. Fitzpatrick (Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General ) spoke extensively with Ms. Abe covering a range of topics including state and federal enforcement of fair labor standards, wage & hour claims, rights of undocumented workers, and private employee proceedings against employers.  The discussion was as lively and informative as the participants delved into numerous areas of comparative law.  Thanks to WorldBoston for reaching out to the BBA once again to help enhance the educational experience of international dignitaries visiting Boston.

Below: Alida Bogran-Acosta (Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C.), Aiko Abe (Unit Chief of the Counsellor’s Office for Information Policy in the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare), and Kate J. Fitzpatrick (Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General)