OSHA's Worker Rights and Protections

labor trafficking training - PEARR & universal education

Description of Idea :

Supporting and adding to CAST LA's comments:

Susan Harwood Grants could integrate labor trafficking awareness

Worker safety training grants aimed to raise worker awareness of health and safety issues could integrate basic awareness training about workplace rights beyond OSH issues, as well as indicators of labor trafficking, and what to do when labor trafficking is suspected. This training should also include de-biasing training and culturally appropriate approaches. These trainings could consider universal education approaches with a strong evidence base from intimate partner violence, such as what is seen in the PEARR Tool. https://healtrafficking.org/resources/pearr-tool/

It would be important to avoid creating significant additional burden on grantees, and this would ideally be paired with additional discretionary funding to support the labor trafficking modules. This should be undertaken in multiple languages. A light level of labor trafficking awareness could leverage the reach of these small grants without impacting their health and safety impact. The Department should seek expansion of funding to supplement this program.

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Idea No. 207