DOL Settlement in Prince George's County (Maryland) H-1B Case

Issue Date: 20 September 2011 Case No.: 2011-LCA-00026 In the Matter of ADMINISTRATOR, WAGE AND HOUR DIVISION, et al., Prosecuting Parties, v. BOARD OF EDUCATION of PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, Respondent. DECISION AND ORDER APPROVING SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT [Over $4M in wages, plus $100K civil...

H-2B News Flash: Wage Hike Postponed

H.R. 2112 , a.k.a. the 'minibus,' was signed into law on Friday, Nov. 18, 2011 by President Obama. Sec. 546 reads: "None of the funds made available by this or any other Act for fiscal year 2012 may be used to implement, administer, or enforce, prior to January 1, 2012, the rule entitled...

Wage Victory for Immigrant Restaurant Workers in NYC

"The District Court of the Southern District of New York ordered TYT East Corp., owner of the failed Jin Hua Restaurant, to pay unpaid wages and overtime to Jin Hua's former staff of Asian immigrant workers." - AALDEF, Mar. 23, 2012 .

Atlanta Fed: Undocumented Workers Have 'Negligible Impact' On Wages

"Hear that? That's the sound of holes being poked in one of the most common arguments for pushing undocumented workers out of America. Undocumented workers have a "negligible impact" on the wages of documented workers that work at the same firm, according to a paper released...

If H-1B Worker Intentionally Shirks Duties, No Wages Due: DOL v. North Shore School of the Arts

"If the H-1B worker is non-productive during work hours, if this non-productivity is due to the fault of the employer, employers must still pay the H-1B worker for the non-productive hours. 20 C.F.R. § 655.731(c)(7)(i). However, if the H-1B worker is voluntarily non-productive, employers do...

Immigration Bill May Keep Wage Exemption For Foreign Herders

"Peruvian shepherds on guest worker visas tend thousands of sheep in Wyoming, but they only make about half of what agricultural workers elsewhere are paid. Under the U.S. Senate's newest immigration proposal, these guest workers would receive a special exemption from minimum wage rules. The...

CA8 on FLSA: Lucas v. Jerusalem Cafe

"For varying periods between June 2007 and March 2010, Elmer Lucas and five other aliens (collectively, workers), without employment authorization, toiled in the Jerusalem Cafe (Cafe), some for less than minimum wage and all without receiving overtime wages. The workers sued the Cafe, and its then...

Florida H-2B Workers Seek DOL Intervention After Receiving $00.00 Paychecks

"In the annals of degrading, infuriating labor practices, this one may take a prize: Meet the cleaning workers who received … zero-dollar paychecks. Now, defying alleged deportation threats and protesting those empty paychecks, a handful of striking guest workers from Jamaica are demanding...