Enforcement

Racial Discrimination

I think there should be compensation for people who have been underserved and discriminated against and denied decent employment for so many years.  I was removed from a government project back in 11/21 by a project manager because he was clearly racially prejudice and has nothing but content for black people and the EEOC could do nothing about it and I have been looking for employment every since.

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Protect Children in Agriculture from Workplace Hazards

Under current law, children as young as 12 years old can work in agriculture with virtually no limit on the number of work hours outside of the school day. Children performing hazardous agricultural work can be as young as 16 years old, while hazardous non-agricultural work is reserved for adults. With the majority of work-related fatalities for children occurring in the agriculture sector, and past findings that child... more »

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Improve OSHA's Whistleblower program

Improve OSHA's Whistleblower program that is failing to protect workers who exercise their rights under the law from retaliation. OSHA must create a task force comprised of low-paid workers and their advocates to better understand how this program fails workers, and to develop steps it can take to improve the functioning of the program and outcomes for workers.

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Enorcement and Outreach: Underrepresented Groups

The DOL's Wage and Hour Division must prioritize outreach and enforcement with immigrant communities and workers of color who qualify for wage enforcement under the FLSA, especially in states with weaker enforcement mechanisms and/or minimal state investigators, like Florida. These communities need to be reassured and reminded of their rights to a minimum wage, among other FLSA provisions, especially as additional localities... more »

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Language Access within WHD

Justice at Work suggests that DOL create immigrant worker specialists in each regional office and hire additional investigative staff with language skills that meet the needs of regional populations. Increased numbers of DOL investigators with Spanish and other language capacities will ensure survivors of trafficking and victims of crime have meaningful access to the services of the Department.

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Strengthening and Enforcing Protections for Temporary Workers

Justice at Work has extensive experience with survivors of trafficking within the temporary work visa system (including H2-A, H2-B and J-1 workers). Many aspects of the current system lend themselves to trafficking and other abuses; we urge DOL to enforce existing regulations and strengthen worker protections in each of these areas.

First, many temporary workers are recruited by third party intermediaries, some of whom... more »

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Employers not taking backdoors around DOL laws

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If you work for an employer(say as a security officer) they should not be able to contract with another companyat lesser pay and crappy benefits for your job and then require you to go to work for them to keep your job.Translation- if your employer pushes you on to a contractorthen that contractor should be required to keep the pay and benefits of the client that you were an employee at. If you do the same job for the... more »

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Focus and Communication

Community Member kudos icon + Community member
It's imperative, in my humble opinion, that agencies playing major roles in protecting minorities seeking federally funded jobs, be more responsive and accountable to requests for information. The ARB for example, has been loathful in its response(s) for information regarding adjudication(s). Their website updates are painfully slow! The need to rid the nation of  discrimination in employment, past and present,  must... more »

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Hold Employers & TPAs Responsible for Miscomms Harming Employees

Community Member kudos icon + Community member
As an advocate I see more and more employers contracting out their leave and interactive accommodations process to third party administrators, and attempting to wash their hands completely clean from any involvement. Oftentimes, employees get shuffled between the third party administrator and the employer, and basically they get lost in the shuffle of paperwork, and end up either quitting because the process is too discouraging ... more »

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Reverse rule that freezes H2-A farmworker wages (DOL)

The U.S. Department of Labor issued a final rule on November 5, 2020 (RIN: 1205-AB89) that changes how the minimum wage is calculated for farmworkers working in the U.S. under the H2-A seasonal agricultural worker program. It will take $170 million in wages away from farmworkers every year. This rule will freeze these farmworkers' pay at current levels for the next three years, then use a new method for calculating wage... more »

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Increased Capacity and Training for WHD Investigators

Justice at Work urges DOL to dramatically increase the number of investigators at WHD and OSHA to address the needs of immigrant workers in an expedient and meaningful manner. Lengthy investigations leave survivors of trafficking, workplace crimes and other immigrant workers in difficult economic situations and vulnerable to further abuses. Increasing the number of investigators would also allow for additional outreach... more »

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Raise standards for homecare workers

- Homecare is a vital, fast-growing industry where women of color perform a disproportionate share of the work. Not coincidentally, it is also an industry rampant with exploitative workplace practices. Raising labor standards in the homecare industry requires a multi-agency, multi-prong approach that should include: (a) a study analyzing work quality in the industry in connection to the Medicaid reimbursement rate; (b)... more »

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Ensuring ERG Leaders are Fairly Compensated

To ensure DOL's Wage and Hour Division enforcement sufficiently captures wage-related issues for underrepresented groups, I'm proposing a federal mandate for all companies - regardless of size - fairly compensate its diversity & inclusion ERG leaders (employee resource groups). Business leadership must be held accountable on unfair labor practices, when a majority of ERG work is voluntarily created and executed by women,... more »

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