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  • DOL Postpones Action on Island Holdings Decision Pending Judicial Review(684 KB - 12/23/2013)
    DOL alert that it has postponed action on the 12/3/13 Island Holdings decision as a class action complaint has been filed. All OFLC actions related to the resolution of appeals in the supplemental prevailing wage decisions will be stayed, pending resolution of the court action.
    AILA Doc. No. 13122348.
  • DOL Will Accept Wage Source Changes to PWD Requests in H-2Bs(530 KB - 12/5/2013)
    Due to longer processing times for prevailing wage determination requests (PWDRs), an employer may accept a prevailing wage based on the OES, and abandon the survey request made with the filing, without losing the receipt date of the original PWDR. Requests will be accepted until 12/31/13.
    AILA Doc. No. 13120551.
  • USDA Postponed Release of 2014 H-2A AEWR Wage Data(673 KB - 11/14/2013)
    DOL alert that the USDA postponed the release of the Farm Labor Survey until 12/5/13, which is used to establish the Adverse Effect Wage Rates (AEWR) in the H-2A program.
    AILA Doc. No. 13111444.
  • DOL Handling of Applications and Responses After Government Shutdown(716 KB - 11/1/2013)
    OFLC alert on the handling of applications/responses impacted by the shutdown, including submissions received between 10/1/13 and 10/18, filing time-sensitive recruitment or PWDs that were not submitted due to the shutdown, and responding to deadline that fell between 10/1 and 10/18.
    AILA Doc. No. 13110143.
  • DOL No Longer Has Access to Employer Application Records Beyond Retention Period of Five Years(671 KB - 10/30/2013)
    DOL alert that as of 10/25/13, it no longer has access to labor certifications with a final determination issuance date of 5 years or older and will not respond to inquiries to confirm priority dates, FOIAs, or requests for duplicate certifications with final determination dates in 2008 or earlier.
    AILA Doc. No. 13103048.
  • DOL Alert that ETA Form 232 and ETA Form 232-A Have Been Revised(678 KB - 10/28/2013)
    DOL alert that ETA Form 232, Domestic Agricultural In-Season Wage Report and ETA Form 232-A, Wage Survey Interview Report, have been revised. State Workforce Agencies should use the new forms for future H-2A program wage reporting to OFLC as of 10/28/13.
    AILA Doc. No. 13102851.
  • DOL Alert that Approved H-2A Certifications Will Be Sent Via PDF Until 11/18/13(679 KB - 10/28/2013)
    DOL alert that the 10/21/13 OFLC temporary accommodation of sending an Adobe PDF of approved certifications to H-2A employers and authorized representatives will continue through 11/18/13.
    AILA Doc. No. 13102850.
  • DOL Alert Regarding H-2A Certifications Post-Government Shutdown(608 KB - 10/21/2013)
    DOL alert that due to the unique perishable nature of the agricultural commodities in the H-2A program, OFLC will temporarily (for a period not to exceed 30 days) implement special mailing procedures for H-2A certifications.
    AILA Doc. No. 13102142.
  • DOL Alert that Records Older than 2002 from Paradox Database are No Longer Available(468 KB - 9/27/2013)
    DOL alert that as of 9/26/13, OFLC no longer has access to employer application records or screen shots of such records filed in 2002 or earlier that were stored in the Paradox database, a system used by the ETA Regional Offices and is no longer used in the administration of the PERM program.
    AILA Doc. No. 13092741.
  • OFLC Updates Records Retention Schedule(472 KB - 9/24/2013)
    DOL alert that OFLC updated its records retention schedule. Obsolete case management systems will be destroyed when they are no longer needed and electronic records will be kept for five years unless part of an active investigation or litigation hold.
    AILA Doc. No. 13092440.
  • DOL Alert on H-2A/H-2B Ombudsman Customer Service Survey(480 KB - 9/23/2013)
    DOL alert announcing a new online survey for stakeholders to provide feedback on their experiences with the H-2A and H-2B Ombudsman Program.
    AILA Doc. No. 13092342.
  • DOL Recovers Back Wages and Debars Company from H-2B Program Until 2014(92 KB - 8/26/2013)
    DOL press release on Gem Interiors Inc., which was found in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the H-2B program. The company has agreed to pay back wages and has been debarred from participating in the H-2B program until 2014.
    AILA Doc. No. 13082648.
  • DOL OFLC Help Desk E-Mails(514 KB - 8/16/2013)
    DOL provides a master list of Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) help desk e-mail addresses.
    AILA Doc. No. 13062741.
  • DOL New Online iCERT Labor Certification Registry Is Now Live(575 KB - 7/5/2013)
    DOL announced that its new online tool called the iCERT Labor Certification Registry is now live, making available to the general public appropriately redacted copies of H–1B, H–1B1, E–3, H–2A, H–2B and permanent labor certification documents.
    AILA Doc. No. 13070541.
  • DOL Releases New ETA 9141, Prevailing Wage Request Form(605 KB - 6/18/2013)
    DOL announcement regarding the release of a new Application for Prevailing Wage Determination, ETA Form 9141. The new version of the form is effective 6/18/13. Requests using the previous form that were submitted prior to June 18 will be completed and returned using that version of the form.
    AILA Doc. No. 13061841.
  • Fire at DOL’s Frances Perkins Building on May 3, 2013(514 KB - 5/3/2013)
    DOL experienced a small fire on Friday, 5/3/13, and while there was minimal fire damage, several floors were impacted by water from the sprinkler system. OFLC was impacted but DOL reports that the building will be open on Monday, 5/6/13.
    AILA Doc. No. 13050346.
  • DOL Announces H-2B Wage Methodology Interim Final Rule(569 KB - 4/23/2013)
    DOL resumed processing both pending H-2B prevailing wage requests & H-2B applications for temporary labor certification based on OES wage survey data, in accordance with standards set in Interim Final Rule, on the effective date of Interim Final Rule.
    AILA Doc. No. 13042355.
  • DOL Clarifies Scope of H-2B Hold(584 KB - 4/2/2013)
    DOL alert clarifying that although DOL is holding in abeyance most H-2Bs in response to the 3/21/13 permanent injunction, it will continue to process H-2Bs where the wage is based on a collective bargaining agreement, acceptable private wage survey, the Service Contract Act, or Davis Bacon Act.
    AILA Doc. No. 13040243.
  • DOL Blog Post on Economic Imperatives of Immigration Reform (3/29/2013)
    DOL blog post from acting DOL Secretary Seth Harris on the economic benefits of immigration reform, including the fact that immigrants started 28 percent of all new businesses in 2011 and currently represent more than $1 trillion in consumer spending power.
    AILA Doc. No. 13032943.
  • DOL Suspending Most Pending H-2B Prevailing Wage Requests(573 KB - 3/28/2013)
    DOL public statement announcing they are holding in abeyance most pending H-2B prevailing wage requests due to a permanent injunction against operation of portion of 2008 wage rule related to prevailing wage determinations and giving DOL 30 days to comply with the court order.
    AILA Doc. No. 13032840.
  • DOL Announces Delay of Effective Date on H-2B Wage Final Rule(642 KB - 3/27/2013)
    DOL statement announcing the delay of the effective date of the 1/19/11 final rule, “Wage Methodology for the Temporary Non-agricultural Employment H-2B Program,” to address legislation that prohibits the use of funds to implement the rule for the remainder of FY2013.
    AILA Doc. No. 13032740.
  • DOL Online Resource Page on Sequestration Information (2/26/2013)
    DOL online resource page with information on the impact of sequestration on DOL activities.
    AILA Doc. No. 13022640.
  • New iCERT System Enhancement on Reusing ETA Form 9035E(514 KB - 2/21/2013)
    DOL Foreign Labor Certification website update announcing that the iCERT system will allow employers or their authorized attorneys or agents to re-use previously filed LCAs under the H-1B, H-1B1, and E-3 visa programs.
    AILA Doc. No. 13022141.
  • DOL Updates H-2A Prevailing Wage Rates for Sheepherding/Goatherding Occupations(432 KB - 2/4/2013)
    DOL public notice containing updated prevailing specific wage rates for H-2A workers and domestic workers engaged in sheepherding or goatherding activities in connection with an H-2A labor certification.
    AILA Doc. No. 13020447.
  • DOL H-2A Ombudsman Program (1/15/2013)
    DOL resource page announcing the H-2A Ombudsman Program which will facilitate fair and equitable resolutions for concerns that arise within the H-2A program community, by conducting independent and impartial inquiries into issues related to the administration of the program.
    AILA Doc. No. 12030649.
  • DOL Statement on Resignation of Secretary Hilda L. Solis(491 KB - 1/10/2013)
    DOL press release with text of resignation letter from U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis which was presented to President Barack Obama on 1/9/13.
    AILA Doc. No. 13011040.
 
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