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OFLC's National Prevailing Wage Center Will Accept Wage Source Changes to PWD Requests in H-2Bs

The NPWC is experiencing an unprecedented number of prevailing wage determination requests (PWDRs) for H-2B labor certifications, many of which include surveys. The lingering effect of the government shutdown, coupled with the complexity of reviewing new surveys, has resulted in increasing wait times for PWDs with survey requests. Employers' needs may not be able to accommodate the longer processing times, although the NPWC is working to reduce the processing time of these surveys as quickly as possible.

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DOL Publishes Final Rule on Labor Certification Process for Logging Employment and Non-H-2A Agricultural Employment

  • [Federal Register Volume 78, Number 224 (Wednesday, November 20, 2013)]
    [Rules and Regulations]
    [Pages 69541-69543]
    From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
    [FR Doc No: 2013-27693]

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    DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

    Employment and Training Administration

    20 CFR Part 655

    RIN 1205-AB65

    Labor Certification Process for Logging Employment and Non-H-2A
    Agricultural Employment

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DOL Publishes Final Rule on Attestation Process for Employers Using F-1 Students in Off-Campus Work

[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 224 (Wednesday, November 20, 2013)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 69538-69539]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-27685]

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Employment and Training Administration

20 CFR Part 655

RIN 1205-AB66

Attestation Process for Employers Using F-1 Students in Off-
Campus Work

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Nonimmigrant Visas: 

USDA Postpones Release of 2014 H-2A AEWR Wage Data.

On October 17, 2013, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a change in the schedule for the release of certain reports due to the lapse in Federal appropriations resulting in the Government shutdown. Among the affected reports is the Farm Labor Survey (FLS) report upon which the Department relies in order to establish the Adverse Effect Wage Rates in the H-2A program. The new release date for the FLS report will be December 5, 2013.

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Prevailing Wage Determination Processing Times

The NPWC uses the Prevailing Wage Determination Policy Guidance in issuing wage determinations for the Nonagricultural Immigration Programs. The Department updated the guidance in November 2009 following the publication of the H-2B regulation and the corresponding changes to PERM, H-1B, H-1B1, H-1C and E-3 regulations that affected the prevailing wage determination process.

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OFLC Stakeholder Notice Regarding Handling of Applications and Responses After Government Shutdown

OFLC appreciates the challenges the regulated community has experienced as a result of the lapse in appropriations, which resulted in the cessation of the operation of OFLC's electronic systems, and further resulted in a backlog of documents submitted to OFLC during that period by mail, hand-delivery, or email.

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MTR approved by DOL on engineering issue

USDOL had denied a series of cases for many employers represented by various law firms. The ground of denial was that when "engineering" was one of the acceptable majors for an IT job, that created too much ambiguity for a case to be approved. DOL stated that there are fields of engineering, such as Agricultural Engineering, which are clearly inapplicable to IT positions.

This ruling had become a nation wide issue. 

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