WHD Ensuring Proper Wages in the Workplace

Increased Capacity and Training for WHD Investigators

Description of Idea :

Justice at Work urges DOL to dramatically increase the number of investigators at WHD and OSHA to address the needs of survivors of trafficking in an expedient and meaningful manner. Lengthy investigations leave survivors of trafficking and other immigrant workers in difficult economic situations and vulnerable to retrafficking. Increasing the number of investigators would also allow for additional outreach and affirmative enforcement actions, thereby enlarging DOL's reach and ensuring that it protects a greater number of victims. Additionally, WHD investigators should receive additional training on the unique circumstances of labor trafficking, including but not limited to common coercive techniques utilized by traffickers in the workplace, trauma-informed interviewing skills and methods for investigating workplace abuses by employers who do not utilize traditional recordkeeping practices.



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Idea No. 156