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• Publication Date: 05/08/2012
• Publication Type: Notice
• Fed Register #: 77: 27080-27081
• Title: Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; 2012 Wage and Hour Division and Occupational Safety and Health Administration Surveys Workers' Voice in the Workplace

[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 89 (Tuesday, May 8, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 27080-27081]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-10988]


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Office of the Secretary


Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB
Review; Comment Request; 2012 Wage and Hour Division and Occupational
Safety and Health Administration Surveys Workers' Voice in the
Workplace

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Labor (DOL) is submitting the information
collection request (ICR) proposal titled, "2012 Wage and Hour Division
and Occupational Safety and Health Administration Surveys Workers'
Voice in the Workplace," to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
for review and approval for use in accordance with the Paperwork
Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.).

DATES: Submit comments on or before June 7, 2012.

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/PRAMain, 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-Wage and Hour
Division, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10235, Washington, DC
20503, Telephone: 202-395-6929/Fax: 202-395-6881 (these are not toll-
free numbers), email: OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov.

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.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The 2012 Wage and Hour Division (WHD) and
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) surveys Workers'
Voice in the Workplace will gauge the current level of workers' voice
in the workplace and factors affecting workers' voice as it relates to
WHD and OSHA administered laws. Voice in the workplace is a key outcome
goal for the Secretary of Labor and part of her vision of good jobs for
everyone. The DOL working definition of voice in the
workplace is the worker's ability to access information on his or her
rights in the workplace, the worker's understanding of those rights,
and the worker's ability to exercise those rights without fear of
recrimination. The surveys will measure each of these items, first
individually and then in combination, to come up with an overall
measure of voice. The DOL also hopes to learn how voice is related to
workers' perceptions of employer noncompliance, such as whether or not
particular dimensions of voice correlate to workers' perceptions of
noncompliance. The study will also be useful in examining how
noncompliance in one area, such as safety, is related to voice in the
workplace and noncompliance in another area, such as wages.
    This 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 OMB Control Number.
See 5 CFR 1320.5(a) and 1320.6. For additional information, see the
related notice published in the Federal Register on December 12, 2011.
    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 OMB ICR Reference Number 201203-
1235-001. 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: 2012 Wage and Hour Division and Occupational
Safety and Health Administration Surveys Workers' Voice in the
Workplace.
    OMB ICR Reference Number: 201203-1235-001.
    Affected Public: Individuals or Households.
    Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 4,820.
    Total Estimated Number of Responses: 4,820.
    Total Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 1,420.
    Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $0.

    Dated: May 2, 2012.
Michel Smyth,
Departmental Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2012-10988 Filed 5-7-12; 8:45 am]
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