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DOL Postpones Use of iCERT System for LCAs
May 13, 2009
The Department of Labor (DOL) has postponed obligatory use of the new iCERT online portal for labor condition applications (LCAs). Employers will now be able to use the legacy online system for H-1B, E-3 and H-1B1 LCAs through June 30.
Durbin, Grassley Introduce the H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act
April 23, 2009
This is the second time in two years that US Senators Mr Chuck Grassley and Mr Dick Durbin proposed a legislation that aims to curb the use of H-1B and L-1 visas. Responding to growing concerns about immigrants displacing U.S. workers, assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) introduced the H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act, designed to preserve the controversial H-1B program that allows U.S. companies to hire foreign workers, but to limit its abuse.
DOLís Interim Final Rule on H-2A Filing Procedures
April 16, 2009
DOL published an interim final rule amending its regulations to extend the transition period of the application filing procedures currently in effect for H-2A employers. The transition period is extended to include all employers with a date of need on or before January 1, 2010.
Department of Labor Update Ė LCAs and PERM Applications
March 28, 2009
The Department of Labor (DOL) provided an update regarding the new iCERT system which will be used to file labor condition applications (LCAs) and PERM applications. The iCERT system is now planned to launch on April 15, 2009 for LCA filings. The current LCA system will remain open until May 14. Effective May 15, the iCERT system must be used for all LCAs.
DOL FAQs Following Notice of Proposed Suspension of H-2A Rule
March 19, 2009
DOL's Office of Foreign Labor Certification released FAQs regarding the department's consideration of H-2As recent notice of proposed suspension of the H-2A final rule published in December 2008.
DOLís Policy and Planning Guidance for Employment and Training Programs under ARRA
March 18, 2009
The DOL today issued policy guidance to states and outlying areas for the implementation of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) investments in core employment and training programs. The training and employment guidance letter distributed today provides policy and direction regarding activities authorized under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and the Wagner Peyser Act, as funded through ARRA.
Beginning June 1, Land and Sea Travelers Will Require Passport to Enter the US
March 18, 2009
Travel document requirements will soon change for citizens of the United States, Canada and Bermuda who are entering the United States by land or sea. Beginning June 1, 2009, citizens of these countries will be required to present a passport or other acceptable travel document when entering the United States by land or sea from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean region or Bermuda.
U.S. Department of Labor Proposes to Suspend H-2A Rule
March 13, 2009
The DOL proposed a suspension for 9 months of the H-2A regulations amending the rules governing certification for H-2A workers and the enforcement of contractual obligations applicable to employers. The departmentís proposed action is open for public comment for 10 days.
DOL Updates on the PERM Labor Certification Process
February 12, 2009
The Department of Labor (DOL) has steadily increased enforcement measures which have in turn led to an increase in the amount of audits and processing times for PERM Labor Certification applications. In a recent liaison meeting, the DOL revealed that in light of the countryís current economic crisis, there will be continued efforts to closely monitor the PERM applications submitted. The DOL took particular note of the 180,000 jobs lost in the last month and the 1.2 million jobs lost in the last five months. In response to continued layoffs, the DOL plans to increase supervised recruitment.
Acting U.S. Labor Secretary Edward C. Huglerís Statement on January 2009 employment numbers
February 06, 2009
Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor Edward C. Hugler expressed his sheer compassion about the January 2009 Employment Situation in the United States. The Employment Situation report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics show, the labor market continues to contract across American industries. The unemployment rate rose to 7.6 percent or 11.6 million unemployed workers. January's decline in payroll employment reached 598,000, bringing total job loss to 3.6 million since the recession began in December 2007.

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