Workers Survey (“NAWS”). Workers have complained that the surveyors are asking questions regarding their immigration status.
The NAWS is a survey of hired farmworkers through USDOL contractor JBS International. The survey is confidential. (See the NAWS brochure, available here.) The DOL says the participants in the survey are guaranteed confidentiality.
The questionnaire is supposed to cover the following topics: demographic characteristics, employment and migration, earnings, benefits and worksite characteristics, health safety and housing, income assets, social services, and legal status.
COUNSEL TO MANAGEMENT:
If the survey-collecting comes to your operation, contact your legal counsel immediately and remember that short of a legal subpoena, employers may block access to trespassers on their property. If you have any questions, contact the experts at The Saqui Law Group, a division of Dowling Aaron Incorporated.