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  • DOL Liaison Practice Pointer: New Prevailing Wage Determination Procedures as of 1/1/10 (12/22/2009)
    The DOL Liaison Committee has prepared a Practice Pointer regarding the new Prevailing Wage Determination Procedures which will take effect 1/1/2010. AILA Doc. No. 09221222.
    AILA Doc. No. 09221222.
  • DOL Liaison Notes from 12/17/09 Call with DOL Regarding New Prevailing Wage Determination System (12/22/2009)
    The DOL Liaison Committee reports "unofficial" questions and answers from the December 17, 2009, call with the DOL regarding the new system for Prevailing Wage Determinations. AILA Doc. No. 09221221.
    AILA Doc. No. 09221221.
  • AILA's DOL Liaison Reports on CalJobs Outage (Updated 11/12/09) (11/12/2009)
    CalJobs is currently operable, but it has posted a notice on its website that it will be down again Sunday 11/15/2009 from 4:00am to 5:00pm. AILA Doc. No. 09110463.
    AILA Doc. No. 09110463.
  • Minutes from DOL Stakeholders Meeting (9/22/09)(79 KB - 10/5/2009)
    DOL Liaison provides the minutes to a Stakeholder Meeting held in Chicago, Illinois, on September 22, 2009. Topics include: PERM, FEIN Verification, erroneous denials, and iCERT. AILA Doc. No. 09100562.
    AILA Doc. No. 09100562.
  • DOL Confirms Additional iCERT Glitch Discovered (9/24/2009)
    DOL Has Confirmed Member Reports of a New Problem With the iCERT System that Leads to LCA Denials. AILA Doc. No. 09092464.
    AILA Doc. No. 09092464.
  • DOL Enhances iCERT System to Include PERM FEIN Verification (9/8/2009)
    AILA Liaison has learned that the Labor Department has enhanced the iCERT system to include FEIN verifications that have been completed in the PERM system. AILA Doc. No. 09090866.
    AILA Doc. No. 09090866.
  • DOL Wage and Hour H-2B Worker Rights Card(183 KB - 9/2/2009)
    A copy and translation of a document prepared by the US Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division regarding H-2B worker rights. AILA Doc. No. 09090266.
    AILA Doc. No. 09090266.
  • DOL Wage and Hour Division Questionnaire(40 KB - 8/28/2009)
    AILA provides a questionnaire sent via e-mail by the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) to an H-1B employee. Through the questionnaire, DOL requests information on H-1B alien employment, wages and deductions, working conditions, and more. AILA Doc. 09082867.
    AILA Doc. No. 09082867.
  • DOL Announces iCERT System Upgrades (8/20/2009)
    DOL has advised AILA that The iCERT system will be taken out of service on Tuesday, August 25, from approximately 5:00 AM to 11:00 AM EDT for system upgrades. DOL will be adding many new features to the application in order to better serve your needs. AILA Doc. No. 09082064.
    AILA Doc. No. 09082064.
  • DOL Stakeholders Telephone Conference Regarding O*NET and Job Zone (08/05/09)(48 KB - 8/7/2009)
    Notes from a DOL stakeholder telephone conference held on August 5, 2009, include questions regarding methodology for determination of job zones, frequency of reevaluation of job zones, methodology for determination of SVPs, and a list of relevant databases. AILA Doc. No. 09080765.
    AILA Doc. No. 09080765.
  • DOL Stakeholder Meeting Notes (7/31/09)(59 KB - 8/7/2009)
    Notes from a stakeholder meeting with DOL on 7/31/09, include questions on LCA iCERT issues and erroneous denials; H-2B questions on counting rules and prevailing wage; PERM issues including Federal Insurance Co., denials based on newspaper advertisements, medical residency cases, university special handling audits, PERM registration, and more. AILA Doc. No. 09080760.
    AILA Doc. No. 09080760.
  • iCERT LCA Denied Because DOL Can’t Verify the FEIN? Here’s The Solution (Updated 8/6/09) (8/5/2009)
    The DOL has advised AILA Liaison that the remedy for correcting an LCA denial when DOL states it cannot verify the FEIN is to provide FEIN documentation to the LCA Helpdesk in Chicago. Please note that the last paragraph of this posting was updated on 8/6/09. AILA Doc. No. 09080375.
    AILA Doc. No. 09080375.
  • Notes From BLS/Stakeholders Telephone Conference (7/08/09)(51 KB - 7/24/2009)
    These informal notes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and Stakeholder Teleconference held on July 8, 2009, cover topics such as Job Zones, SVPs, Data Collection, and more. AILA Doc. No. 09072464.
    AILA Doc. No. 09072464.
  • AILA DOL Liaison Reminder that Old LCA System Will Soon Be Disabled (6/30/2009)
    AILA’s DOL Liaison Committee reminds members of the fast approaching mandatory switch from the old LCA system, which will soon be disabled, to the new iCert system. AILA Doc. No. 09062930.
    AILA Doc. No. 09062930.
  • Highlights from the DOL Open Forum at Annual Conference 2009 (6/19/2009)
    The AILA/DOL Liaison Committee offers highlights from the DOL Open Forum at the AILA Conference 2009. AILA Doc. No. 09061965.
    AILA Doc. No. 09061965.
  • DOL Liaison/Stakeholder Teleconference (5/08/09)(49 KB - 5/14/2009)
    On May 8, 2009, the DOL Liaison Committee participated in a stakeholder’s telephone conference with DOL. The call primarily focused on issues related to the new iCERT portal for LCAs. AILA Doc. No. 09051462.
    AILA Doc. No. 09051462.
  • DOL to Keep Old LCA System Operational Through June 30, 2009 (5/12/2009)
    AILA has been informed that the DOL has agreed to keep the old LCA system operational through June 30, 2009. AILA Doc. No. 09051232.
    AILA Doc. No. 09051232.
  • DOL Liaison Guidance on New H-2B Form (4/16/2009)
    AILA's DOL Liaison Committee provides guidance on use of the new H-2B form, ETA-9141. AILA Doc. No. 09041660.
    AILA Doc. No. 09041660.
  • DOL Provides Current PERM Processing Dates (3/26/2009)
    At the AILA Spring Conference on March 20, 2009, DOL announced current processing dates for PERM. AILA Doc. No. 09032661.
    AILA Doc. No. 09032661.
  • DOL Announces New iCERT Visa Portal System – Coming April 15, 2009(276 KB - 3/24/2009)
    DOL provides information about the new iCERT Visa Portal System - due to be launched on April 15, 2009. AILA Doc. No. 09032468.
    AILA Doc. No. 09032468.
  • DOL Revises Time Frame for Launching New PERM Portal; LCA Portal Launch On Schedule (3/24/2009)
    At the AILA Spring Conference on Friday March 20, 2009, DOL representatives provided a revised launch time for the new PERM portal; the LCA portal launch is on schedule. AILA Doc. No. 09032461.
    AILA Doc. No. 09032461.
  • DOL Liaison Practice Tip: Layoffs in the PERM Context (2/17/2009)
    The Department of Labor Liaison Committee provides a Practice Tip regarding layoffs in the PERM Context. AILA Doc. No. 09021762.
    AILA Doc. No. 09021762.
  • Notes from DOL Stakeholders Meeting (2/3/09)(1893 KB - 2/11/2009)
    These notes from the Department of Labor’s Stakeholders Meeting on February 3, 2009, include information about current processing times, prevailing wage issues, requests for review/reconsideration, LCA issues, supervised recruitment, attorney withdrawal and substitution, New Jersey SWA, employer registration, and more. AILA Doc. No. 09021165.
    AILA Doc. No. 09021165.
  • DOL Projected Timing for New 9035 and 9089 Forms (2/3/2009)
    The Labor Department has released its projections for when it will phase in the new versions of the LCA Form ETA 9035 and the PERM Form ETA 9089. AILA Doc. No. 09020374.
    AILA Doc. No. 09020374.
  • DOL Describes Procedures Under New H-2A Regulation(1804 KB - 1/21/2009)
    DOL issues stakeholder briefings on H-2A regulations, which took effect on January 17, 2009. DOL staff explain the procedures for filing and review of an H-2A application. A discussion of changes to the DOL enforcement procedures were also included in the briefing. AILA Doc. No. 09012173.
    AILA Doc. No. 09012173.
  • Changes to H-2B Applications Filed After January 18, 2009(68 KB - 1/21/2009)
    The Employment Security Department of Washington State provides guidance on changes to the H-2B program resulting from the December 19, 2008 final rule on Labor Certification for H-2Bs. AILA’s DOL liaison committee is seeking clarification on the proper e-mail/fax address to be used for H-2B prevailing wages. AILA Doc. No. 09012165.
    AILA Doc. No. 09012165.