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  • DOL Memo on Interpretation of “Equivalent Degree”(279 KB - 10/27/2010)
    A 6/13/94 DOL memorandum from Anna C. Hall, Acting Regional Administrator, to SESA and JTPA Administrators, providing clarification regarding when it is appropriate to require “or equivalent” after a specified degree.
    AILA Doc. No. 10102777.
  • DOL Round 12 FAQs on PERM(107 KB - 10/12/2010)
    DOL PERM Round 12 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) addressing employer point of contact requirements.
    AILA Doc. No. 10101266.
  • DOL Round Two FAQs on H-2A 2010 Final Rule(396 KB - 9/16/2010)
    DOL Round Two FAQs, addressing the H-2A program under the new regulations, which took effect 3/15/10. Topics include pre-filing, NAICS codes, job offers, assurances and obligations, meals, transportation, strikes, 50% rule, recruitment, and withdrawals.
    AILA Doc. No. 10091636.
  • DOL Round 11 FAQs on PERM(286 KB - 8/4/2010)
    DOL Round 11 PERM FAQs on filing and documentation requirements. Topics include expedite requests, how to document use of an employee referral program with incentives, unsolicited documentation and what OFLC counts as a “business day” for Notice of Filing purposes.
    AILA Doc. No. 10080472.
  • DOL FY2010 Foreign Labor Certification Planning Guidance(2934 KB - 4/7/2010)
    DOL Assistant Secretary of Employment and Training Administration Jane Oates issued guidance to state workforce agencies for the funding and management of FY2010 annual grant allocations for Foreign Labor Certification (FLC) programs.
    AILA Doc. No. 10040764.
  • DOL Round One FAQs on H-2A 2010 Final Rule(2837 KB - 3/30/2010)
    DOL first round of FAQs addressing the H-2A program under the new regulations, which took effect 3/15/10.
    AILA Doc. No. 10033061.
  • DOL FAQs on Prevailing Wages(58 KB - 3/26/2010)
    DOL OFLC issued updated prevailing wage FAQs to assist employers and others with the transition to the National Prevailing Wage and Helpdesk Center. These FAQs replace those issued in December 2009.
    AILA Doc. No. 10032662.
  • Information from DOL Regarding Electronic Submission of Prevailing Wage Requests (1/14/2010)
    DOL provides information and a "Quick Start Guide" regarding the electronic submission of prevailing wage requests through iCERT.
    AILA Doc. No. 10011460.
  • DOL ETA Prevailing Wage Determination Policy Guidance(340 KB - 1/4/2010)
    DOL posted updated Prevailing Wage Determination Policy Guidance for use in the Nonagricultural Immigration Programs, addressing the H-2B regulation published in December 2008 and the corresponding changes to PERM, H-1B, H-1B1, H-1C, and E-3 regulations.
    AILA Doc. No. 10010468.
  • DOL FAQs on Filing and Processing of PWD Requests(78 KB - 1/4/2010)
    DOL FAQs on the filing and processing of Prevailing Wage Determination (PWD) requests. The National Prevailing Wage and Helpdesk Center is currently accepting PWD requests for use in H-1B, H-1B1, H-2B, E-3 and permanent labor certification programs, as well as requests for use in the CNMI.
    AILA Doc. No. 10010466.
  • DOL Fact Sheet on What Records Must be Made Public By H-1B Employer(240 KB - 12/4/2009)
    DOL revised fact sheet #62F that provides general information concerning an H-1B employer's public access records that must be maintained and made available under the H-IB program.
    AILA Doc. No. 09120432.
  • DOL FAQs on CNMI Prevailing Wage Determinations(74 KB - 12/3/2009)
    DOL FAQs to assist Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) employers with obtaining prevailing wages. On 11/28/09, the Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008 applied the INA to the CNMI. The Department will administer certain immigration programs on CNMI.
    AILA Doc. No. 09120369.
  • DOL FAQs on PERM Appeals(118 KB - 12/3/2009)
    DOL FAQs on best practices for filing an appeal request with the National Processing Center. Topics included appeal options, denials based on incorrect or missing information on the ETA Form 9089, how to file a request for review solely before BALCA, government error appeals, and status inquiries.
    AILA Doc. No. 09120363.
  • DOL FAQs on Change of Attorney and Change of Employer Address(882 KB - 12/2/2009)
    DOL FAQs on how to notify DOL of change of employer address or change of legal representation.
    AILA Doc. No. 09120260.
  • H-2B Temporary Labor Certification Process Stakeholder Briefing(1975 KB - 9/25/2009)
    In September 2009, DOL held stakeholder briefing sessions in Boston and Chicago. The DOL offered a regulatory overview, information on employer application filing, and program integrity provisions.
    AILA Doc. No. 09092568.
  • DOL FAQs on Labor Condition Applications for H-1Bs(43 KB - 9/17/2009)
    On 4/15/09, DOL launched the iCERT Portal, which created a new electronic system for the submission of Labor Condition Applications. DOL provides FAQs in response to questions arising from the application of the new online system and the newly redesigned ETA Form 9035 and 9035E.
    AILA Doc. No. 09091711.
  • DOL Field Memo on Travel and Visa Expenses of H-2B Workers(8990 KB - 8/26/2009)
    On 8/21/09, the DOL Deputy Administrator, John McKeon, issued a Memorandum to Regional Administrators and District Directors, which discusses travel and visa expenses of H-2B workers under the Foreign Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
    AILA Doc. No. 09082662.
  • DOL Response to NBCOT Regarding OT Education Requirements Cited in the OOH(87 KB - 7/31/2009)
    A 5/15/09 response from the Chief of the Division of Occupation Outlook for the DOL to NBCOT, regarding NBCOT's concerns with the misinterpretation, by immigration officials, of occupational therapists education requirements cited in the OOH.
    AILA Doc. No. 09073174.
  • DOL Elimination of the Employment Standards Administration(52 KB - 7/9/2009)
    A 7/8/09 DOL memo on its plans to eliminate the Employment Standards Administration (ESA) and elevate the components of ESA (Wage and Hour, Labor-Management Standards, Federal Contract Compliance, and Workers' Comp Programs) to stand-alone programs with direct reporting to the Secretary of Labor.
    AILA Doc. No. 09070970.
  • DOL FAQs on H-2B in the Entertainment Industry(35 KB - 6/30/2009)
    DOL FAQs regarding implementation of final H-2B regulations for temporary labor certifications in the entertainment industry.
    AILA Doc. No. 09063060.
  • DOL Updates iCert User Manual(2358 KB - 6/8/2009)
    DOL's external iCERT user manual, dated April 2009, Version 1.0, with the addition of Section 5 regarding profile management.
    AILA Doc. No. 09060830.
  • DOL FAQs on Suspension of H-2A Final Rule(234 KB - 6/1/2009)
    DOL FAQs regarding the 5/29/09 suspension of a 12/18/08 final rule on H-2As. The suspension will take effect on 6/29/09.
    AILA Doc. No. 09060131.
  • TEGL on FY2009 Grant Allocations for Foreign Labor Certification Programs(3561 KB - 4/27/2009)
    This DOL Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) No. 18-08 provides guidance to the State Workforce Agencies (SWAs) on the management of FY2009 annual grant allocations for Foreign Labor Certification programs.
    AILA Doc. No. 09042764.
  • DOL Round 1 FAQs on the H-2B Final Rule(60 KB - 4/20/2009)
    DOL released the first round of FAQs on H-2Bs following the new regulations, which took effect 1/18/09. The FAQs deal with the new forms ETA-9141 and ETA-9142, including where to find the NAICS and SOC codes, and where and when to file.
    AILA Doc. No. 09042066.
  • DOL FAQs Following Notice of Proposed Suspension of H-2A Rule(51 KB - 3/18/2009)
    DOL FAQs regarding the department's consideration of H-2As in light of the recent notice of proposed suspension of the H-2A final rule published in December 2008.
    AILA Doc. No. 09031860.
  • OFLC LCA Help Desk Fact Sheet (October 2009)(123 KB - 2/13/2009)
    DOL's OFLC amended its February 2009 Fact Sheet concerning the Labor Certification Application (LCA) Help Desk and providing assistance with questions specific to the Department’s LCA filing process and the H-1B, H-1B1 Chile, H-1B1 Singapore, and E-3 Australia temporary visa programs.
    AILA Doc. No. 09021390.
  • DOL Guidance on iCERT Portal and Selected PERM Statistics(405 KB - 2/4/2009)
    The DOL's Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) provides guidance from employers and attorneys on using the iCERT system for application submissions. It is followed by selected statistics for the PERM program for FY2009.
    AILA Doc. No. 09020460.
  • DOL Wage and Hour Field Operations Handbook on H-1Bs (1/28/2009)
    AILA’s FOIA Action Committee recently obtained Chapter 71: Enforcement of H-1B Labor Condition Applications from DOL's “Wage and Hour Field Operations Handbook.” The chapter gives guidance on the complaint, investigation, and enforcement procedures used in enforcement of H-1B LCAs.
    AILA Doc. No. 09012871.
  • DOL Releases 2010 SOC Structure(107 KB - 1/27/2009)
    DOL released the 2010 SOC Structure on behalf of the Standard Occupational Classification Policy Committee. Changes to titles or codes are highlighted in yellow.
    AILA Doc. No. 09012760.
  • DOL Supplements FAQs With Information on Supervised Recruitment(24 KB - 1/14/2009)
    DOL's OFLC has supplemented its FAQs with issues stemming from its supervised recruitment process.
    AILA Doc. No. 09011470.
 
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