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Today, DOL published in the Federal Register a final rule on the temporary agricultural employment of H–2A foreign workers in the field of herding and production of livestock on the range. The rule is effective on November 16, 2015, and implements a new wage methodology with a two-year transition period during 2016 and 2017, and full implementation beginning in 2018

Problem with PERM electronic inputting system

DOL posted an alert stating that on September 1, 2015, an update to the PERM case management system caused an unexpected programming glitch to occur, as a result of which, certain information could not be entered on the form. Until the revisions become operational, if you cannot complete and file an ETA Form 9089 online, you should mail in the application to the Atlanta National Processing Center.

DOL Announces Change in Signature on Approved Labor Certifications

The Labor Department alerts stakeholders that, effective immediately, permanent and temporary labor certifications will no longer display the electronic signature of the Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) Acting Administrator William W. Thompson II. Instead, the electronic signature on approved applications under the permanent and temporary visa programs will be shown as “Certifying Officer.”

DOL Update on Prevailing Wage Determinations

The DOL Office of Foreign Labor Certification announced that it plans to be “current” on prevailing wage determinations as follows: PERM–week of 10/23/11; H-1B–week of 11/6/11; H-2B—week of 12/18/11

DOL Final Rule Delaying the Effective Date of the Wage Methodology for the H-2B Program

DOL final rule announcing that ETA is postponing the effective date of the Wage Methodology for the H-2B Program for a period of 60-days, until 11/30/11, due to pending legal challenges.

DOL Delays Revision of the Wage Methodology for the H-2B Program

DOL press release announcing that it will postpone the effective date of the H-2B wage methodology final rule for a period of 60 days, from 9/30/11 to 11/30/11. The postponement is intended to avoid administering the H-2B program under potentially conflicting court orders.

Agricultural Workers for Temporary Employment

Hiring of agricultural workers for temporary employment have been an on going issue in immigration where abuse in regulations observed. DOL issued an advance copy of the final rule amending its regulations on the temporary agricultural employment of H-2A aliens in the U.S. A full article regarding hiring procedures will be published in the Federal Register on 2/12/10.

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