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DHS Funded for One More Week; Shutdown Temporarily Averted

Republican leaders and both branches of Congress failed Friday to come to a long-term agreement to provide fiscal year funding for the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) and provide confidence that a DHS shutdown will be...more

New Requirements for Companies Hiring Foreign Workers Under Canada’s International Mobility Program

On February 11, 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) issued amended regulations meant to enhance accountability for employers that hire foreign workers under the International Mobility Program (IMP), that is, those...more

J-1 Site Visits

The Department of State’s Office of Private Sector Exchange Administration has announced that it will perform site visits to many J-1 Intern and Trainee host organizations beginning this month. Most individual participants...more

Minnesota Staffing Company Fined $227,000 For I-9 Violations

A Minnesota-based staffing firm was recently ordered to pay a $227,000 fine for violations of the Immigration and Nationality Act, including false attestations made on I-9 forms. ...more

OCAHO Finds PEO Liable for Near Maximum I-9 Fines for False Employer Attestation Violations: Is Your Business Similarly Exposed?

On January 20, 2015, Judge Ellen Thomas, a federal administrative law judge (ALJ) with the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO), a division of the Executive Office of Immigration Review within the U.S....more

Do I Need a Lawyer to Assist My Company with an I-9 Audit by ICE?

A couple of recent decisions by the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearings Officer (OCAHO) demonstrate the importance of timely retaining experienced counsel to represent you and assist you with government I-9 audits....more

DOL Clarifies When an Employer’s LCA Wage Obligations Cease to Terminated Workers Who Obtain Subsequent Approved H-1B Employment

On December 22, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Administrative Review Board (ARB) issued an important Final Order and Decision clarifying precisely when an H-1B employer’s Labor Condition Application (LCA) back pay...more

PERM Denial Upheld for Failure to Include Free Housing Benefit in Advertisement

An important goal of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) is to protect U.S. workers from being displaced in the job market by foreign workers. Certain employment-based permanent residence applications therefore require...more

Breaking Up Is Still So Hard to Do: DOL Clarifies H-1B Bona Fide Termination Rule

Employers must navigate through a maze of complex regulations when seeking H-1B temporary authorization to hire foreign nationals in specialty occupations. Yet, as hard as it is to hire H-1B employees, it can be even more...more

Undocumented Workers Are Protected by Wisconsin's FMLA

Wisconsin’s court of appeals, in a published opinion written by Judge Reilly, recently decided that undocumented workers are protected by Wisconsin’s Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Burlington Graphic Systems v. DWD,...more

Appeals Court Vacates DOL Rule Authorizing Use of Skill-Based Private Wage Surveys in H-2B Temporary Labor Certification...

On December 5, 2014, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued an opinion vacating the Department of Labor (DOL) regulation and related guidance memorandum authorizing DOL, at the request of the...more

New Administrative Law Judge Joins OCAHO

On December 5, 2014, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) announced the appointment of Stacy Stiffel Paddack as an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) at the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer...more

Keeping Immigration Site Visits Civil and Focused

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) empowers its Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) officers to make unannounced site visits to employers of H-1B and L-1 workers. The stated purpose of these site visits...more

OIG 2015 Plan Focuses on ICE’s Business Selection Process for I-9 Investigation

As part of its 2015 fiscal year Annual Performance Plan published on October 1, 2014, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) will review the approach of Immigration and Customs...more

CAHO Upholds Fine of $329,895 for 300 I-9 Forms

If you have already undergone one I-9 audit by ICE, you may think your business is now safe and off of the government’s radar. You would be wrong. As reaffirmed in a recent decision by the Office of the Chief Administrative...more

Court: USCIS should consider ‘life experience’ for specialized knowledge L-1B visa

In holding that cultural traditions and life experience can be considered “specialized knowledge” for purposes of obtaining an L-1B intracompany transferee visa, a United States appeals court rejected the proposition that a...more

DC Circuit Reverses Decision that Fogo de Chao Chef Lacks “Specialized Knowledge”

On October 21, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held that it was reversible error for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service ("USCIS"), an agency of the Department of...more

Immigration Law Does Not Preempt State Wage and Hour Claims, Says Court

In case there was any question, an Indiana staffing company, Access Therapies, learned late last month that the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) does not absolve employers of their responsibilities under state wage and...more

Old E-Verify Data: Download it or Lose It

USCIS is giving participating employers the chance, in the final quarter of every calendar year starting now, to download for employers' storage E-Verify records older than 10 years before USCIS destroys those historical...more

Taking 221(g) Adminstrative Processing Too Far?

The Obama administration has touted a number of new initiatives aimed at encouraging immigrant entrepreneurship and retention of high-tech workers in the U.S. These are commendable and this author applauds these efforts....more

Move Over EEOC: Time for an NLRB Benchslap

Over the last few weeks we have blogged on a number of judicial decisions chastising the EEOC (Another Approaching Benchslap for EEOC?, EEOC Benchslaps Just Keep Coming and The EEOC Hits Just Keep Coming!). Today we shift our...more

BALCA Holds Additional Recruitment Steps Need Not Comply With Detailed Content Requirement

On July 30, 2014, the Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals (BALCA), in Matter of Symantec, decided the issue of whether a Certifying Officer may deny an Application for Permanent Employment Certification (ETA Form 9089)...more

Beware of H-1B Wage Law Violations: Company to be Debarred, Ordered to Pay Over $120,000 in Penalties and Back Pay for H-1B/LCA...

A recent case before the Office of Administrative Law Judges (ALJ) is a compelling reminder that violations of H-1B wage requirements can result in significant financial penalties and fines. Moreover, violations of H-1B...more

OCAHO Reduces I-9 Fine from $90K to $25K

The Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO) has jurisdiction to review penalties imposed by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for I-9 compliance violations. In calculating the amount of the...more

For H-1B Employers: How Even a Single Employee’s H-1B Complaint Could Incite a Comprehensive DOL Investigation of Your H-1B...

In Greater Missouri Medical Pro-Care Providers, Inc., ARB Case No. 12-015, ALJ Case No. 2008-LCA-26 (2014), a divided U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) Administrative Review Board (the “Board”) partially reversed the decision...more

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