On February 25, the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Women’s Bureau (WB) published a notice requesting comments on a possible survey of working women. The last time WB conducted a survey like this was in 1994. According to the WB, “the labor force, employment opportunities, work environments, and the American family have changed substantially since then.” WB states this survey would, “identify women’s current employment issues and challenges and how these issues and challenges relate to job and career decisions, particularly reasons for exiting the workforce.”
The WB hopes to gather quantitative information from a group of 2700 respondents to better understand women’s perceptions of the workplace, reasons for participation, and how they make decisions when it comes to family and work obligations. Through this survey, WB hopes to provide data to “employers, advocates, and other stakeholders in an effort to foster greater public dialogue on these key issues impacting women in today’s workforce.”
This survey is a part of a large study of working women WB has been conducting. Extensive research has been done identifying the need for more information about targeted populations of working women. According to WB, these include: “low-wage earning workers and women who opted out of the workforce) and specific topics (i.e. factors impacting working women’s career decisions).”
The DOL is soliciting public comments regarding the data collection proposal and is particularly interested in stakeholder views on the following:
- If 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
- The accuracy of the agency’s burden estimate
- Enhancing the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected
- Minimizing the burden of the information collection on those who are to respond
Comments must be submitted by April 27, 2015 to:
Angela Adams, U.S. Department of Labor, Women’s Bureau,
200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Frances Perkins Bldg., Washington, DC 20210
To view a copy of the WB's proposed survey of working women click here.
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