DOL readies ‘workers’ voice’ survey

May 9, 2012

Washington – The Department of Labor is readying a survey to gauge workers’ “voice” in their workplace as it relates to OSHA and Wage and Hour Division laws.

Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis has pushed for ensuring employees have a voice – defined as the ability to access information on rights in the workplace, understanding of those rights and the ability to exercise those rights without fear of reprisal.

DOL on May 8 submitted an information collection request (.pdf file) on the survey to the Office of Management and Budget for review and approval. Interested parties have until June 7 to comment on the request.

The approximately 18-minute-long survey will ask employees about their knowledge of safety and health rights, gauge their understanding of those rights, and assess their ability to exercise those rights without fear of retaliation. DOL said it hopes to learn how workers’ voice is related to perceptions of employer non-compliance with federal regulations.