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DOL Projected Timing for New 9035 and 9089 Forms
February 03, 2009
The DOL announced that it plans to phase in the new Labor Condition Application (LCA) Form ETA-9035 starting April 15, 2009. The prior version of the Form ETA-9035 will be accepted through May 14, 2009. Additionally, the DOL will phase in the implementation of the new PERM Form ETA-9089 and will accept the new form for processing on July 1, 2009. The prior version of the ETA-9089 will be accepted through July 31, 2009.
DOLís Notice of Public Briefings on New ETA 9035 and ETA 9089 Forms
January 15, 2009
The Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) in the Department of Labor's Employment & Training Administration (ETA) has been re-engineering several of its program forms to improve the application and day-to-day operation of OFLC programs. The system re-engineering will impact the program for the Temporary Employment of Nonimmigrants in Professional, Specialty Occupations, and as Fashion Models (H1B, H1B1, and E3).
DOS Releases February 2009 Visa Bulletin
January 13, 2009
The DOL has released the Visa Bulletin for the month of February. The February 2009, Visa Bulletin has brought some very good news in the EB-2 category for Indians and for the Chinese in both the EB-2 and EB-3 categories. Unfortunately, EB-3 ROW and EB-3 India remain unchanged.
U.S. Department of Labor auditing all permanent labor certification applications filed by major immigration law firm
June 2, 2008
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) today announced that it has begun auditing all permanent labor certification applications filed by attorneys at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP.
Sandia Corp. to Pay More Than $2 Million in Overtime Back Wages to More Than 2,657 Employees
January 09, 2009
Sandia Corp., a firm doing business as Sandia National Laboratory in Albuquerque, has agreed to pay $2,077,248 in overtime back wages to 2,657 research employees after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation found violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). An investigation by the Wage and Hour Division district office in Albuquerque covering the period from May 23, 2006, to Oct. 31, 2008, found that Sandia Corp. failed to establish a fixed workweek, resulting in employees not receiving complete wages for overtime hours worked.
Latest on H-1B: LCA Processing Times are expected to Increase in 2009
December 23, 2008
The DOL, in 2009, is expected to introduce new procedures for obtaining the labor condition application (LCA) for H1B visa petitions which would certainly increase the processing time for labor condition application (LCA). The employers have to make sure that processing delays do not endanger the timely filing of an H1B visa petition.
DOL Publishes Final H-2B Rule
December 19, 2008
The U.S. Department of Labor has issued a final rule that enhances workers' protections and modernizes the application process under the H-2B temporary labor certification program. These changes and others finalized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security fulfill the administration's August 2007 pledge to review and update the foreign worker program regulations. The H-2B final rule will go into effect Jan. 18, 2009.
DOL Publishes Final H-2A Rule
December 19, 2008
The U.S. Department of Labor has published a final rule that modernizes the H-2A program for employing foreign workers in temporary or seasonal agricultural jobs, and enhance important worker protections. The final rule on H-2A will become effective on Jan. 17, 2009. The H-2A Final rule establishes enhanced penalties for violations and new tools to ensure employer compliance, including audits, revocation of approved Labor Certification(s), increased debarment authority and substantial increases in fines ó up to $100,000 for violations resulting in serious injury or death of a worker. The H-2A Final rule will also prohibit employers and recruiters from charging fees to workers for access to jobs, a practice that in the past has led to many reported abuses.
DOL Awards $10 Million to Projects Promoting Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
November 19, 2008
The DOL on November 19, 2008, announced five awards worth nearly $10 million to build regional workforce investment system capacity to support careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). "This $10 million initiative will help workers and youth prepare for success in careers requiring skills and education in science, technology, engineering and math," said DOL Secretary Elaine L. Chao. The DOLís competitively selected projects will expand training and align current STEM-related activities and resources at One-Stop Career Centers; provide participants with access to STEM coaches and mentors who will link program participants to employers, and offer advice and guidance on entering STEM fields; and create "career blueprints" that will outline career paths for individual participants.
DOL announces more than $22 million in aid to Louisiana for recovery from Hurricane Gustav
September 09, 2008
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a $22,200,000 grant to the state of Louisiana to fund approximately 4,000 temporary jobs for cleanup and recovery efforts following Hurricane Gustav. This $22 million emergency grant is designed to fund 4,000 jobs for workers to help Louisiana communities recover from Hurricane Gustav damage. The grant, awarded to the Louisiana Workforce Commission, will provide funding for temporary employment on projects for the cleanup, demolition, repair, renovation and reconstruction of destroyed structures and public lands within the affected communities.

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