Posts from August 2009.
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Under the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), September 8, 2009, is the effective date for certain federal contractors to begin using E-Verify to confirm that their employees are authorized to work in the United States.  Although the new rule will apply to many federal contracts, there are broad exemptions and limitations.

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On August 21, 2009, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a bulletin discussing the interaction between the H-2B visa program and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  After an extensive review, and under its wage and enforcement authority, the DOL has concluded that employers are responsible for paying both transportation and visa expenses of their H-2B workers, since these are "primarily for the benefit of the employer".  A copy of the bulletin can be found here.
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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has engaged outside contractors to conduct thousands of site visits to petitioners, including companies that have sponsored employees in H-1B, L-1 or O-1 status.  Typically, the site visits are conducted after approval of the petition.  The investigators may arrive unannounced at the work site, or call the company ahead of time to plan a time to visit the company office or facility.  According to information provided by one such investigator, the purpose of the site visit is to verify that the company is a real operating business ...

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