Mark A Ivener, A Law Corporation

Category: ETA

Agencies Investigate H-1B Outsourcing Firms; Layoffs Provoke Controversy

Several companies have been in the spotlight recently due to hiring H-1B workers and laying off U.S. workers in similar positions. According to reports, the Departments of Labor (DOL) and Justice (DOJ) are investigating several companies for possible labor and immigration law violations. The companies include several Indian outsourcing firms that provided H-1B workers to… Read More

Labor Dept. Proposes Reorganizing Applications for Prevailing Wage Determination and Temporary Employment Certification

The Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has proposed reorganizing ETA Form 9141, Application for Prevailing Wage Determination; ETA Form 9142, Application for Temporary Employment Certification; and the H-2A Certification Letter With Notification. Specifically, the Department is soliciting comments concerning the collection of data in the following information collections: Office of Management and… Read More

ETA Announces 2012 Adverse Effect Wage Rates for H-2A Workers

The AEWRs range from a low of $9.30 per hour in Mississippi and Louisiana to a high of $12.26 per hour in Hawaii. (PDF notice)

Labor Dept. Inspector General Identifies ‘Integrity of Foreign Labor Certification Programs’ as a Top Management Challenge

The Department of Labor’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has identified maintaining the integrity of foreign labor certification programs among the “most serious management and performance challenges facing the Department.” The OIG said that investigations “continue to uncover schemes carried out by immigration attorneys, labor brokers, and transnational organized crime groups.” OIG investigations have… Read More

ETA Extends Comment Period on H-2B Wage Methodology Rule

On October 5, 2010, the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) issued a proposed rule governing the certification of the employment of nonimmigrant workers in temporary or seasonal non-agricultural employment and the enforcement of related obligations of employers. The proposed rule provided a comment period through November 4, 2010. The agency extended the… Read More