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WHD Ensuring Proper Wages in the Workplace

DOL should claim an equal seat at the table with LEA partners

DOL Wage and Hour should claim an equal seat at the table with LEA partners on human trafficking, especially in preventing and combating labor trafficking, given its expertise in engaging workers in complex systems. Additionally, civil remedies often better ensure compensation for victims and have a wider range of penalties that can be imposed to prevent businesses and others from engaging in trafficking in the future.... more »

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ODEP's Work Supporting Survivors on the Job

Fund Employment Specialists at Anti-Trafficking Programs trending idea

Often times seeking employment support through ODEP's programs is re-traumatizing for sex and labor survivors who often need additional support in seeking employment due to trauma, a history of abuse, safety concerns, or lack of employment experience different from others who commonly seeks assistance from these programs. Instead of trying to coordinate programs within ODEP, ODEP should pilot funding employment specialists... more »

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OSHA's Worker Rights and Protections

Opportunities to identify labor trafficking victims

At previous meetings in DC with officers of a couple of departments, some of us proposed that investigators from departments such as Wage & Hour, as well as OSHA, were in a position to be aware of, identify, and report possible cases of labor trafficking to other enforcement agencies, or even to social services providers who work with trafficked persons.

DOL personnel are at times better equipped to do this, as agents... more »

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WHD Ensuring Proper Wages in the Workplace

WHD Should Enhance Training Efforts to Better Combat Trafficking trending idea

(1) WHD should ensure all newly hired and current wage and hour inspectors receive comprehensive training on human trafficking as they are the critical front line staff who may be coming into contact with victims. Training should be on both labor and sex trafficking, with a focus on forced criminality, and the overlap between sex and labor trafficking. Wage and Hour Inspectors are well positioned to identify all forms... more »

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ETA and State Efforts to Educate Farmworkers and Ag Employers

Improve Ag Employer Awareness of Exploitative Labor Recruiters

In some instances, Agriculture employers in the U.S. may be unaware of the exploitation taking place at the level of labor recruitment overseas with regard to their specific workforce. ETA and state farmworker agencies should partner to develop a system to ensure that ag employers are made aware when they are engaging in a business relationship with a recruiter that has been identified as an exploitative or labor trafficking... more »

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ILAB's Comply Chain App

ILABS Comply Chain App Should Be Updated to Include the US trending idea

ILAB should update its application to have a part that focuses on US based companies and worker exploitation/human trafficking in the United States. The United States must provide the same tools to workers and companies at home as it does for workers/companies abroad given the abuse that exists in our own backyard.

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OSHA's Worker Rights and Protections

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. It would be important to avoid creating significant additional burden on grantees, and this would ideally be paired with additional discretionary funding... more »

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ILAB's Comply Chain App

Update the app to raise awareness of downstream brands

ILAB could deliver targeted grants to local civil society organizations in countries and migration corridors where commodities and goods identified to have high incidences of labor trafficking are sourced, as reflected in the App and underlying research. The grants would specifically seek to raise awareness among local workers and worker organizations about the brands and products downstream from their work. Oftentimes... more »

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CFOI Supports Faith-Based Organizations to Help End Labor Trafficking

Ideas to Help End Labor Trafficking trending idea

Thank you for the opportunity to share ideas to help end labor trafficking. My suggestion is to create and/or expand an outreach and education program that helps increase awareness of this issue and educates the community to identify and report working conditions anonymously. Key areas of a robust outreach and education program can include:

Train DOL field personnel in OSHA, WHD, and other departments to identify and... more »

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ETA and State Efforts to Educate Farmworkers and Ag Employers

Labor trafficking trending idea

The Little Hoover Commission recently released a series of three reports aimed at strengthening the State of California's response to labor trafficking. These reports were developed with contributions from numerous expert stakeholders across the state and the nation - victims and their advocates; prosecutors; labor inspectors and other critical local, state, and federal government employees; academic and legal researchers;... more »

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OSHA's Worker Rights and Protections

Ensure OSHA Is Empowered to Investigate

The Advocates for Human Rights recommends that OSHA have a process for assisting if no wage and hour claim is open but where immigration concerns necessitate access to CP and certification. Generally, The Advocates has been pleased with DOL's ability to respond to these issues through a wage/hour investigation that triggers immigration protections; however, where no wage and hour issues appear but trafficking concerns... more »

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OSHA's Worker Rights and Protections

Extra worker protections in light of COVID

Victims of forced labor lack control over the safety of their working conditions, including potential exposure to COVID-19. These workers are less likely to be provided adequate sanitary measures, personal protective equipment (PPE), social distancing and other workplace safety measures or access to testing and medical care. At the same time, DOL/OSHA is extremely underfunded, is yet to issue enforceable workplace safety... more »

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WHD Ensuring Proper Wages in the Workplace

Don't Deport Abused Workers

DOL and DHS must recommit to protecting immigrant workers, in all immigration statuses, during investigations by the DOL. No workers should be held in immigration detention or removed from the US until after the full investigation is complete, prosecution or civil action is complete, and workers have had ample opportunity to confer with immigration counsel. DOL should proactively provide all workers who are victims and... more »

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ETA and State Efforts to Educate Farmworkers and Ag Employers

Virtual education tools and outreach

I work for an Ag Employer and what is needed is virtual tools to education farmworkers and employers. Many farms are small family owned businesses and they need affordable and accessible training tools to teach their employees how to recognize trafficking, how to respond to suspected behavior and confidential reporting procedures.

Examples of successful projects include the ¬°Basta! toolkit, this sexual harassment prevention... more »

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WHD Ensuring Proper Wages in the Workplace

Overcoming Barriers to Investigators Interviewing Guestworkers

ISSUE ONE: Legal Action of Wisconsin's trafficked farmworker clients, particularly H-2A visa clients, repeatedly have wage and hour violations. However, when DOL W&H investigators arrive to interview these agricultural workers, our clients tell us that they feel compelled by their bad actor employer or crew leader to not answer investigator questions honestly (ie. Pressured to tell DOL investigators they've received their... more »

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