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Immigration Law

DOL: Operative Date of Wage Regulation is Oct. 7, 2020

DOL, June 29, 2021

OFLC Announces Updates to Implementation of the Final Rule Affecting Wages for H-1B and PERM Workers; District Court’s Order Vacating Final Rule

"On June 23, 2021, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued an order in Chamber of Commerce, et al. v. DHS, et al., No. 20-cv-7331, vacating the Final Rule, Strengthening Wage Protections for the Temporary and Permanent Employment of Certain Aliens in the United States, 86 FR 3608 (Jan. 14, 2021), and remanding the matter back to the U.S. Department of Labor (the Department).

The Department published the Final Rule on January 14, 2021, following district court orders that set aside an October 8, 2020 Interim Final Rule (IFR) (85 FR 63872). The Final Rule amended the Department’s regulations governing the prevailing wages for employment opportunities that U.S. employers seek to fill with foreign workers on a permanent or temporary basis under the PERM, H-1B, H-1B1, or E-3 visa programs. The Department has twice delayed the effective date of the Final Rule (86 FR 13995; 86 FR 26164). In light of these delays and now the June 23, 2021 order vacating the Final Rule, the operative version of the regulations at 20 CFR 656.40 and 20 CFR 655.731 continues to be the version in place on October 7, 2020, prior to the publication of the IFR."