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Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Worker Classification Survey

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ACTION:

Notice.

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SUMMARY:

The Department of Labor (DOL) is submitting the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) sponsored information collection request (ICR) proposal titled, “Worker Classification Survey,” to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval for use in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.

DATES:

Submit comments on or before December 9, 2013.

ADDRESSES:

A copy of this ICR with applicable supporting documentation; including a description of the likely respondents, proposed frequency of response, and estimated total burden may be obtained from the RegInfo.gov Web site, http://www.reginfo.gov/​public/​do/​PRAMain201303-1235-002 (this link will only become active on the day following publication of this notice) or by contacting Michel Smyth by telephone at 202-693-4129 (this is not a toll-free number) or sending an email to DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov.

Submit comments about this request to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk Officer for DOL-WHD, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10235, 725 17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20503, Telephone: 202-395-6929/Fax: 202-395-6881 (these are not toll-free numbers), email: OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov. Commenters are encouraged, but not required, to send a courtesy copy of any comments to the U.S. Department of Labor—OASAM, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Attn: Information Policy and Assessment Program, Room N1301, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210, email: DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Michel Smyth by telephone at 202-693-4129 (this is not a toll-free number) or by email at DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov.

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Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3507(a)(1)(D).

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The DOL administers the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), 29 U.S.C. 201, et seq. The FLSA generally requires covered employers to pay employees at least the Federal minimum wage for all hours worked and overtime premium pay of time and one-half the regular rate of pay for all hours worked over forty (40) in a workweek. However, the FLSA includes a number of exemptions from the minimum wage and overtime requirements, requiring employers to classify employees to ensure adherence to proper practices. The DOL intends to administer a survey to collect information about employment experiences and worker knowledge as to basic employment laws in order to understand employee experiences with worker classification issues. More specifically, the DOL plans to compile an analytical research report on the findings and results of a nationally representative survey of workers. The DOL will also report on a qualitative study of employers that includes results from in-depth employer interviews.

This proposed information collection is subject to the PRA. A Federal agency generally cannot conduct or sponsor a collection of information, and the public is generally not required to respond to an information collection, unless it is approved by the OMB under the PRA and displays a currently valid OMB Control Number. In addition, notwithstanding any other provisions of law, no person shall generally be subject to penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information if the collection of information does not display a valid Control Number. See 5 CFR 1320.5(a) and 1320.6. For additional information, see the related notice published in the Federal Register on January 11, 2013.

Interested parties are encouraged to send comments to the OMB, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the address shown in the ADDRESSES section within 30 days of publication of this notice in the Federal Register. In order to help ensure appropriate consideration, comments should mention ICR Reference Number 201303-1235-002. The OMB is particularly interested in comments that:

  • 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 submission of responses.

Agency: DOL-WHD.

Title of Collection: Worker Classification Survey.

OMB ICR Reference Number: 201303-1235-002.

Affected Public: Individuals or Households and Private Sector—businesses or other for-profits.

Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 18,006.

Total Estimated Number of Responses: 25,086.

Total Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 4,052.

Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $0.

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Dated: November 4, 2013.

Michel Smyth,

Departmental Clearance Officer.

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[FR Doc. 2013-26820 Filed 11-7-13; 8:45 am]

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