FAQ: Prevailing Wage Determinations for College and University Teachers

Must a prevailing wage determination be obtained from the National Prevailing Wage Center (NPWC) if the employer is filing an application for a college or university teacher under the optional recruitment and documentation procedures provision? Yes, a prevailing wage determination must be obtained...

DOL speaks re H-2B prevailing wages; final rule; guidance

Final rule ; delay of effective date. SUMMARY: The Department of Labor (Department) is delaying the effective date of the Wage Methodology for the Temporary Non-agricultural Employment H–2B Program; Final Rule, 76 FR 3452, Jan. 19, 2011, (the Wage Rule) to January 1, 2012 in response to recently...

Spending bill contains H-2B prevailing wage relief

The omnibus spending bill signed today by President Obama contains relief for H-2B employers who had been dogged by higher prevailing wages due to a Jan. 19, 2011 regulation. Page 279 : "None of the amounts made available under this Act may be used to implement the rule entitled ‘‘Wage...

DOL Final Rule and Guidance: H-2B Prevailing Wage Methodology Effective Date

"The Department of Labor (Department) is delaying the effective date of the Wage Methodology for the Temporary Non-agricultural Employment H–2B Program (the Wage Rule) to October 1, 2012 in response to recently enacted legislation that prohibits any funds from being used to implement the Wage...

New, Revised DOL Prevailing Wage FAQs

"The Department of Labor has posted new and revised FAQs for the prevailing wage program. Topics include occupation-specific issues, the documentation of an affiliated or related nonprofit entity, and the issuance of hourly wages. These FAQs are available here and on the FAQs page of the OFLC...

DOL: FY 2013 New Prevailing Wage Rates for Certain Occupations Processed Under H-2A Special Procedures

"The Department has published a notice in the Federal Register establishing new prevailing wage rates for certain occupations processed under H-2A special procedures. The wage rates established by this Federal Register notice apply only to the following activities: open range production of livestock...

H-2A Prevailing Wage Rates for the Sheepherding/Goatherding and the Open Range Production of Livestock Occupations

"On January 8, 2013, the Department published a notice in the Federal Register establishing new 2013 prevailing wage rates for certain occupations processed under H-2A special procedures, including for sheepherding/goatherding and open range production of livestock occupations which became effective...

OFLC Posts New Prevailing Wage FAQs

"The Department of Labor has posted new FAQs for the Prevailing Wage Center. Topics include electronic form issues, multiple worksite issues, employer surveys, special skills, and withdrawals. These FAQs are available on the FAQs page of the OFLC website under the Prevailing Wage heading."...

Advance Copy of DOL H-2A Prevailing Wages; Correction

"The Department of Labor (we or the Department) is issuing this notice to correct a previous announcement of prevailing wage rates covering the employment of certain temporary or seasonal nonimmigrant foreign workers (H-2A workers) and certain domestic workers engaged in open range production of...

DOL Notice: Prevailing Wage Rates for Certain Occupations Processed Under H–2A Special Procedures; Correction and Rescission

"The Department of Labor (we or the Department) is issuing this notice to correct a previous announcement of prevailing wage rates covering the employment of certain temporary or seasonal nonimmigrant foreign workers (H–2A workers) and certain domestic workers engaged in open range production...

Joint DHS/DOL H-2B Interim Final Wage Rule

"The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) (jointly referred to as the Departments) are amending regulations governing certification for the employment of nonimmigrant workers in temporary or seasonal non-agricultural employment. This interim final rule revises...

Prevailing Wage Fight Delays H-2B Visas

"From Cape Cod innkeepers to the seafood industry in Louisiana, employers who depend on seasonal foreign workers have scrambled to fill positions this year because of wrangling in Washington over how much these workers should be paid. At issue is a guest worker program, known as H-2B, which allows...

BALCA, En Banc (5-0,) Vacates H-2B Supplemental PWDs: Matter of Island Holdings

"The Department’s H-2B regulations do not require an employer to increase the wage it offers and pays its H-2B workers after the Department has approved and certified its Application for Temporary Employment Certification. It was an abuse of discretion for the Certifying Officer to affirm...

H-2B Blackmail from OFLC

Savvy H-2B employers may use private wage surveys in lieu of the (often significantly higher) OES prevailing wages. But OFLC is whining about its workload, so on 4 Dec 2013 it posted this 'offer' to H-2B employers : "The Office of Foreign Labor Certification's National Prevailing...

DOL Notes 'Anomaly' in H-2B Prevailing Wage Data

"OFLC has become aware of an anomaly in the published Prevailing Wage Disclosure datasets titled "PERM_FY 2013.xlsx" and "PERM_FY 2014_Q2." The error is with respect to the listing of wage levels (Level I-IV) under the column "Pwd_Wage_Level" for all H-2B wage determinations...

OFLC Updates Prevailing Wage Data

"On July 1, 2014, OFLC uploaded the newest prevailing wage data from the Occupational Employment Survey as generated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the year from July 2014 - June 2015. The effective date is July 1, 2014. Prevailing wages issued from the National Prevailing Wage Center will...

DOL Speaks on CATA III, H-2B Prevailing Wage Determinations

"Effective December 8, 2014, the Department is no longer issuing prevailing wage determinations in the H-2B program based on employer provided wage surveys. This action is in response to the Court order entered December 5, 2014 in Comite de Apoyo a los Trabajadores Agricolas et al v. Solis , No...

H-2B News from DOL, Dec. 23, 2014

"In response to inquiries from our stakeholders, the Department is elaborating on the procedures that will be utilized in implementing the decision in Comite de Apoyo a los Trabajadores Agricolas et al v. Solis , No. 14-3557 (3rd Cir.), as stated below. Additional guidance may also be posted here...