For Immediate Release - December 10, 2010

Attorney General Martha Coakley Appoints Fair Labor Division Chief

BOSTON - Attorney General Martha Coakley has appointed a new Chief to lead her office's Fair Labor Division. Jeffrey F. Webb, an attorney with extensive experience in labor and employment law, assumed leadership of the division this week.

"Jeff Webb brings over twenty years of labor and employment litigation experience to the division and I am confident that he will be an invaluable source of knowledge for our office," said AG Coakley. "His expertise coupled with the strong track record of our Fair Labor Division demonstrates my commitment to both protecting the workers of the Commonwealth and ensuring that businesses that violate the wage and hour laws are held fully accountable."

Webb, a Chestnut Hill resident, is a graduate of University of Virginia School of Law. He received an LL.M from the London School of Economics, and served as a law clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Most recently, Webb was a Labor and Employment Partner at McDermott Will & Emery LLP's Boston office, focusing on class action suits and employment litigation, and counseling clients on Massachusetts labor and employment laws. In June 2010, Webb was nominated and elected as a Fellow into the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, the highest recognition for outstanding performance in that field of law. From 2001 to 2008, Webb served as a Labor and Employment Partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in Los Angeles, working with individuals, corporations, and unions, and advising clients on compliance with laws concerning prevailing wage, minimum wage, overtime and child labor laws. Before that, he was the Vice President of Employment Law for the Fox Entertainment Group in Los Angeles, where he advised executives in the company's film, television and sports subsidiaries on a variety of matters including wage and hour issues.

The Attorney General's Fair Labor Division consists of lawyers, investigators, and staff, and it enforces various laws that protect workers, including the prevailing wage, minimum wage, payment of wages, overtime, tip pooling, child labor, Sunday and holiday premium pay, and the public construction bid laws. The Division has broad powers to investigate and enforce violations of these laws through criminal and civil enforcement actions. The Division uses this authority to protect employees from exploitation by an employer, prosecute employers who are failing to follow the Commonwealth's wage and hour laws, and set a level playing field with clear rules that the Commonwealth's employers can follow, ensuring that strong economic growth and fairness for workers go hand-in-hand.

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