Proposed Collection; Comment Request, 39850-39851 [E7-14041]

Download as PDF 39850 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 139 / Friday, July 20, 2007 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment Standards Administration Proposed Collection; Comment Request ACTION: Notice. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES SUMMARY: The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a preclearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. This program helps to ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, the Employment Standards Administration is soliciting comments concerning the proposed collection: Report of Construction Contractor’s Wage Rates (WD–10). A copy of the proposed information collection request can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the addresses section of this Notice. DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the ADDRESSES section below on or before September 18, 2007. ADDRESSES: Ms. Hazel M. Bell, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave., NW., Room S–3201, Washington, DC 20210, telephone (202) 693–0418, fax (202) 693–1451, e-mail bell.hazel@dol.gov. Please use only one method of transmission for comments (mail, fax, or e-mail). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background The Davis-Bacon Act (40 U.S.C. 3141, et seq.) provides, in part, that every contract in excess of $2,000 to which the United States or the District of Columbia is a party for construction, alteration, and/or repair, which requires or involves the employment of mechanics and/or laborers, shall contain a provision stating the minimum wages to be paid various classes of laborers and mechanics that were determined by the Secretary of Labor to be prevailing for the corresponding classes of laborers and mechanics employed on projects of a character similar to the contract work in the city, town, village or other civil subdivision of the State where the work VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:19 Jul 19, 2007 Jkt 211001 is to be performed. The Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division, through a delegation of authority, is responsible for issuing these wage determinations (WDs). Section 1.3 of Regulations 29 CFR Part 1, Procedures for Predetermination of Wage Rates, provides, in part, that for the purpose of making WDs, the Administrator will conduct a continuing program for obtaining and compiling wage rate information. Form WD–10 is used to determine locally prevailing wages under the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts. The wage data collection is a primary source of information and is essential to the determination of prevailing wages. This information collection is currently approved for use through January 31, 2008. II. Review Focus The Department of Labor is particularly interested in comments which: • 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 submissions of responses. III. Current Actions The Wage and Hour Division seeks the approval of the extension of this information collection to obtain wage data in order to determine current prevailing wage rates in the various localities throughout the country. Type of Review: Extension. Agency: Employment Standards Administration. Title: Report of Construction Contractor’s Wage Rates. OMB Number: 1215–0046. Agency Number: WD–10. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit. Total Respondents: 22,000. Total Annual Responses: 66,000. Time per Response: 20 minutes. Estimated Total Burden Hours: 22,000. PO 00000 Frm 00067 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Frequency: On occasion. Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): $0. Total Burden Cost (operating/ maintenance): $0. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for Office of Management and Budget approval of the information collection request; they will also become a matter of public record. Dated: July 16, 2007. Hazel Bell, Acting Chief, Branch of Management Review and Internal Control, Division of Financial Management, Office of Management, Administration and Planning, Employment Standards Administration. [FR Doc. E7–14040 Filed 7–19–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–27–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment Standards Administration Proposed Collection; Comment Request ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: The Department of Labor (DOL), as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a preclearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. This program helps to ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, the Employment Standards Administration is soliciting comments concerning the proposed collection: Applications to Employ Special Industrial Homeworkers and Workers with Disabilities (Forms WH–2, WH–226 and WH–226A). A copy of the proposed information collection request can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the addresses section of this Notice. DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the addresses section below on or before September 18, 2007. ADDRESSES: Ms. Hazel M. Bell, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave., NW., Room S–3201, Washington, DC 20210, telephone (202) 693–0418, fax (202) 693–1451, e-mail E:\FR\FM\20JYN1.SGM 20JYN1 39851 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 139 / Friday, July 20, 2007 / Notices bell.hazel@dol.gov. Please use only one method of transmission for comments (mail, fax, or e-mail). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) section 11(d), 29 U.S.C. 211(d), authorizes the Secretary of Labor to regulate, restrict or prohibit industrial homework as necessary to prevent circumvention or evasion of the minimum wage requirement of the Act. The Department of Labor (DOL) restricts homework in seven industries (i.e., knitted outerwear, women’s apparel, jewelry manufacturing, gloves and mittens, button and buckle manufacturing, handkerchief manufacturing and embroideries) to those employers who obtain certificates. To prevent curtailment of employment opportunities for workers with disabilities, FLSA section 14(c), 29 U.S.C. 214(c), authorizes employers who obtain a certificate from DOL to pay special minimum wages (i.e., wages less than the Federal minimum wage) to workers whose productivity is impaired by their disability. The FLSA defines a ‘‘worker with a disability’’ as an individual whose earning or productive capacity is impaired by age or physical or mental disability. Employers use Form WH–2 to obtain certificates to employ individual homeworkers in one of the restricted homework industries. Upon application by the homeworker and the employer, DOL may issue a certificate to the employer authorizing employment of an individual homeworker, provided (1) it is shown that the worker is unable to adjust to factory work because of age or physical or mental disability or is unable to leave home because the worker’s presence is required to care for an invalid in the home, and (2) the worker has been engaged in industrial homework in the particular industry prior to certain specified dates as set forth in the regulations (may be waived if causes unusual hardship) or is engaged in industrial homework under the supervision of a State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency. Employers use Form WH–226 and the supplemental data Form WH–226A when obtaining authorization to employ workers with disabilities in competitive employment in work centers and in hospitals or institutions at subminimum wages that are commensurate with those paid to workers with no disabilities. Commensurate wages are based on the prevailing wages paid to experienced workers with disabilities performing essentially the same type, quality, and quantity of work in the same locality where the employee(s) with disability is employed. This form may be used by school officials to request authorization for groups of students with disabilities to participate in school work experience programs, by State vocational rehabilitation counselors, and by Veterans Affairs’ officials to grant or extend temporary authorization to employ on-the-job trainees with disabilities. This information collection is currently approved for use through December 31, 2007. II. Review Focus The Department of Labor is particularly interested in comments which: • Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary Number of respondents Form mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES WH–2 ............................................................................................................... WH–226 ........................................................................................................... WH–226A ......................................................................................................... Frequency: Annually. Estimated Total Burden Hours: 9,025. Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): $0. Total Burden Cost (operating/ maintenance): $1,342. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for Office of Management and Budget approval of the information collection request; they will also become a matter of public record. VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:19 Jul 19, 2007 Jkt 211001 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 submissions of responses. III. Current Actions DOL seeks approval for the extension of this information collection in order to ensure effective administration of agency programs regarding the employment of homeworkers in restricted industries and payment of subminimum wages to workers with disabilities. Type of Review: Extension. Agency: Employment Standards Administration. Title: Applications to Employ Special Industrial Homeworkers and Workers with Disabilities. OMB Number: 1215–0005. Agency Number: WH–2, WH–226, WH–226A. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit. Total Respondents: 3,050. Total Responses: 12,050. Number of responses 50 3,000 3,000 50 3,000 9,000 Time per response (in minutes) Burden hours 30 45 45 Dated: July 16, 2007. Hazel Bell, Acting Chief, Branch of Management Review and Internal Control, Division of Financial Management, Office of Management, Administration and Planning, Employment Standards Administration. [FR Doc. 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[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 139 (Friday, July 20, 2007)]
[Notices]
[Pages 39850-39851]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E7-14041]


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Employment Standards Administration


Proposed Collection; Comment Request

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Labor (DOL), as part of its continuing 
effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a 
preclearance consultation program to provide the general public and 
Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or 
continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork 
Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. This program 
helps to ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired 
format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, 
collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of 
collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. 
Currently, the Employment Standards Administration is soliciting 
comments concerning the proposed collection: Applications to Employ 
Special Industrial Homeworkers and Workers with Disabilities (Forms WH-
2, WH-226 and WH-226A). A copy of the proposed information collection 
request can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the 
addresses section of this Notice.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the 
addresses section below on or before September 18, 2007.

ADDRESSES: Ms. Hazel M. Bell, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 
Constitution Ave., NW., Room S-3201, Washington, DC 20210, telephone 
(202) 693-0418, fax (202) 693-1451, e-mail

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bell.hazel@dol.gov. Please use only one method of transmission for 
comments (mail, fax, or e-mail).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) section 11(d), 29 U.S.C. 211(d), 
authorizes the Secretary of Labor to regulate, restrict or prohibit 
industrial homework as necessary to prevent circumvention or evasion of 
the minimum wage requirement of the Act. The Department of Labor (DOL) 
restricts homework in seven industries (i.e., knitted outerwear, 
women's apparel, jewelry manufacturing, gloves and mittens, button and 
buckle manufacturing, handkerchief manufacturing and embroideries) to 
those employers who obtain certificates.
    To prevent curtailment of employment opportunities for workers with 
disabilities, FLSA section 14(c), 29 U.S.C. 214(c), authorizes 
employers who obtain a certificate from DOL to pay special minimum 
wages (i.e., wages less than the Federal minimum wage) to workers whose 
productivity is impaired by their disability. The FLSA defines a 
``worker with a disability'' as an individual whose earning or 
productive capacity is impaired by age or physical or mental 
disability.
    Employers use Form WH-2 to obtain certificates to employ individual 
homeworkers in one of the restricted homework industries. Upon 
application by the homeworker and the employer, DOL may issue a 
certificate to the employer authorizing employment of an individual 
homeworker, provided (1) it is shown that the worker is unable to 
adjust to factory work because of age or physical or mental disability 
or is unable to leave home because the worker's presence is required to 
care for an invalid in the home, and (2) the worker has been engaged in 
industrial homework in the particular industry prior to certain 
specified dates as set forth in the regulations (may be waived if 
causes unusual hardship) or is engaged in industrial homework under the 
supervision of a State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency.
    Employers use Form WH-226 and the supplemental data Form WH-226A 
when obtaining authorization to employ workers with disabilities in 
competitive employment in work centers and in hospitals or institutions 
at subminimum wages that are commensurate with those paid to workers 
with no disabilities. Commensurate wages are based on the prevailing 
wages paid to experienced workers with disabilities performing 
essentially the same type, quality, and quantity of work in the same 
locality where the employee(s) with disability is employed. This form 
may be used by school officials to request authorization for groups of 
students with disabilities to participate in school work experience 
programs, by State vocational rehabilitation counselors, and by 
Veterans Affairs' officials to grant or extend temporary authorization 
to employ on-the-job trainees with disabilities.
    This information collection is currently approved for use through 
December 31, 2007.

II. Review Focus

    The Department of Labor is particularly interested in comments 
which:
     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 submissions of responses.

III. Current Actions

    DOL seeks approval for the extension of this information collection 
in order to ensure effective administration of agency programs 
regarding the employment of homeworkers in restricted industries and 
payment of subminimum wages to workers with disabilities.
    Type of Review: Extension.
    Agency: Employment Standards Administration.
    Title: Applications to Employ Special Industrial Homeworkers and 
Workers with Disabilities.
    OMB Number: 1215-0005.
    Agency Number: WH-2, WH-226, WH-226A.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.
    Total Respondents: 3,050.
    Total Responses: 12,050.

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                                                                                     Time per
                      Form                           Number of       Number of     response (in    Burden hours
                                                    respondents      responses       minutes)
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WH-2............................................              50              50              30              25
WH-226..........................................           3,000           3,000              45           2,250
WH-226A.........................................           3,000           9,000              45           6,750
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    Frequency: Annually.
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 9,025.
    Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): $0.
    Total Burden Cost (operating/maintenance): $1,342.
     Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and/or included in the request for Office of Management and Budget 
approval of the information collection request; they will also become a 
matter of public record.

    Dated: July 16, 2007.
Hazel Bell,
Acting Chief, Branch of Management Review and Internal Control, 
Division of Financial Management, Office of Management, Administration 
and Planning, Employment Standards Administration.
[FR Doc. E7-14041 Filed 7-19-07; 8:45 am]
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