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Notice

Proposed Extension of the Approval of Information Collection Requirements

Action

Notice.

Summary

The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a preclearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95). 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A). This program helps to ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, the Wage and Hour Division is soliciting comments concerning its proposal to extend Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval of the Information Collection: Disclosures to Workers Under the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act. A copy of the proposed information collection request can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the address section of this Notice.

 

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DATES: Back to Top

Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the addresses section below on or before November 19, 2010.

ADDRESSES: Back to Top

You may submit comments identified by Control Number 1235-0002, by either one of the following methods:

E-mail: WHDPRAComments@dol.gov.

Mail, Hand Delivery, Courier: Office of Regulatory and Legislative Interpretations, Wage and Hour Division, U.S. Department of Labor, Room S-3502, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210.

Instructions: Please submit one copy of your comments by only one method. All submissions received must include the agency name and Control Number identified above for this information collection. Because we continue to experience delays in receiving mail in the Washington, DC area, commenters are strongly encouraged to transmit their comments electronically via e-mail or to submit them by mail early. Comments, including any personal information provided, become a matter of public record. They will also be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of the information collection request.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Back to Top

Michael Hancock, Wage and Hour Division, U.S. Department of Labor, Room S-3502, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693-0406 (this is not a toll-free number). Copies of this notice must be obtained in alternative formats (Large Print, Braille, Audio Tape or Disc), upon request, by calling (202) 693-0023 (not a toll-free number). TTY/TDD callers may dial toll-free (877) 889-5627 to obtain information or request materials in alternative formats.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Back to Top

I. Background Back to Top

Various sections of the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA) (29 U.S.C. 1801, et seq.) require respondents [i.e., Farm Labor Contractors (FLCs), Agricultural Employers (AGERs), and Agricultural Associations (AGASs)] to disclose employment terms and conditions in writing to their workers. MSPA sections 201(g) and 301(f) requires that the DOL make forms available to provide such information. The DOL prints and makes Optional-use Form WH-516, Worker Information—Terms and Conditions of Employment, available for these purposes. See 29 CFR 500.75(a), 500.76(a).

MSPA sections 201(d) and 301(c)-29 U.S.C. 1821(d), 1831(c) and Regulations 29 CFR 500.80(a), require each FLC, AGER and AGAS that employs any migrant or seasonal worker to make, keep, and preserve records for three years for each such worker concerning the: (1) Basis on which wages are paid; (2) Number of piece work units earned, if paid on a piece work basis; (3) Number of hours worked; (4) Total pay period earnings; (5) Specific sums withheld and the purpose of each sum withheld; and, (6) Net pay.

Respondents are also required to provide an itemized written statement of this information to each migrant and seasonal agricultural worker each pay period. 29 U.S.C. 1821(d), 1831(c); 29 CFR 500.1(i)(3), -.80(d). In addition, MSPA sections 201(e) and 301(d) require that each FLC provide copies of all the records noted above for the migrant or seasonal agricultural workers the contractor has furnished to other farm labor contractors, agricultural employers or agricultural associations who use the workers. Except for the worker, the recipient of such records is to retain them for a period of three years. Respondents must also make and keep certain records, including each worker's Social Security Number. 29 CFR 500.80(a). In addition, the wage statement provided to each worker at the time of wage payment is to include, among other items, the worker's Social Security Number and employer's Tax Identification Number. 29 CFR 500.80(a), (d).

MSPA section 201(c) requires all FLCs, AGERs, and AGASs providing housing to any migrant agricultural worker to post in a conspicuous place at the site of the housing, or present to the migrant worker, a written statement of any housing occupancy terms and conditions. See 29 U.S.C. 1821(c); 29 CFR 500.75(f). In addition, MSPA section 201(g) requires these FLCs, AGERs, and AGASs to give such information in English, or as necessary and reasonable, in a language common to the workers. See 29 U.S.C. 1821(g); 29 CFR 500.1(i)(2), .75(a), (f)-(g). This provision also requires the DOL to make optional forms available to provide the required disclosures. See 29 U.S.C. 1821(g); 29 CFR 500.1(i)(2), .75(a), (g).

II. Review Focus Back to Top

The DOL is particularly interested in comments which:

  • Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility;
  • Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;
  • Enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; and
  • Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses.

III. Current Actions Back to Top

The DOL seeks approval for the extension of this information collection in order to ensure effective administration of various special employment programs.

Type of Review: Revision.

Agency: Wage and Hour Division.

Title: Disclosures to Workers Under the Migrant Seasonal and Agricultural Worker Protection Act.

OMB Numbers: 1235-0002, 1235-0009, and 1235-0010 (All to be merged in 1235-0002).

Affected Public: Private sector, farms.

Respondents: 107,706.

Total Annual Responses: 84,206,505.

Estimated Total Burden Hours: 1,417,426.

Estimated Time per Response: Various.

Frequency: On occasion.

Total Burden Costs (start up/capital/operation/maintenance):$2,716,101.04.

Michael Hancock,

Acting Director, Division of Regulation, Legislation, and Interpretation.

[FR Doc. 2010-23369 Filed 9-17-10; 8:45 am]

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