Sherrie Hayashi received both her under-graduate and juris doctorate degrees from the University of Utah and is licensed by the Utah State Bar. Additionally, she is highly recognized for her accomplishments within the legal community, having received many honors and awards. She also was one of the founding members of the Multi-Cultural Legal Center (MLC) and served in a volunteer capacity as the Executive Director for five years.
Ms. Hayashi has been employed by the Utah Labor Commission for over 16 years and is well-versed in the workings of the various divisions, having worked in many of them throughout her tenure here. Most recently, prior to her appointment by Governor Huntsman to the position of Commissioner, Ms. Hayashi had been the Director of the Antidiscrimination and Labor Division (UALD).
Ms. Hayashi has oversight for the Labor Commission's 130 plus employees whose mission it is "to be a leader in achieving safety and fairness in Utah's workplaces".
Additional info about the Commission:
The Commission is comprised of the Administration Division, which oversees rules under consideration by the Labor Commission, as well as final decisions issued by the Commissioner or the Appeals Board, and the Workplace Safety Program. The Adjudication Division holds adjudicative hearings at the Commission. The Industrial Accidents Division helps injured workers receive timely benefits and resolves disputes under the state's Workers' Compensation Act. The Utah Antidiscrimination and Labor Division deals with employment and housing discrimination, payment of wages, employment of minors, and licensing of private employment agencies. The Utah Occupational Safety & Health (UOSH) Division is the federal OSHA equivalent and handles issues regarding workplace safety standards. Boiler and Elevator Safety is the final division and is responsible for enforcing standards for boilers, pressure vessels and elevators in the state.