US Labor Dept online advisor clarifies rights and responsibilities under H-1B visa program

first_imgThe US Department of Labor has unveiled a new tool to help employers and others understand how to comply with requirements under the H-1B visa program, which allows for the temporary employment of foreign workers in the U.S. in certain specialty occupations.An online “advisor,” available at http://www.dol.gov/elaws/h1b.htm(link is external), describes the program’s standards and provides detailed information about employers’ and workers’ rights and responsibilities.  It outlines notification requirements, monetary issues, worksite issues, recordkeeping, worker protections and enforcement.“The Labor Department’s goal is to provide employers and the public with user-friendly information regarding both rights and responsibilities under the H-1B program,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “The new online advisor harnesses technology to help take the mystery out of the new rules, and it offers an important resource to workers and employers alike.”The H-1B nonimmigrant visa classification was created under the Immigration and Nationality Act to help employers who cannot obtain needed skills and abilities from the U.S. workforce by authorizing the employment of qualified individuals who are not otherwise authorized to work in the U.S.  The act establishes certain standards to protect similarly employed U.S. workers from being adversely affected by the employment of foreign workers under the H-1B program, as well as to protect H-1B workers themselves.Responsibilities for the H-1B visa program are shared among the Labor Department’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification and the department’s Wage and Hour Division, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service and the U.S. Department of State. The new advisor tool focuses solely on compliance with the requirements enforced by the Wage and Hour Division. The tool does not review the process for participating in the program or for invoking H-1B visa portability.The H-1B Advisor is one of a series of Employment Laws Assistance for Workers and Small Businesses, or “elaws,” advisors developed by the Labor Department’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy, working with other department agencies, to help employers and employees understand federal employment laws.  To access the set of advisors, visit the elaws website at http://www.dol.gov/elaws(link is external).  To learn more about the Labor Department’s role in administering the Immigration and Nationality Act and the H-1B visa program, visit the department’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification website at http://www.foreignlaborcert.doleta.gov(link is external) and its Wage and Hour Division site at http://www.dol.gov/whd(link is external).# # #Source: U.S. Department of Labor releases are accessible on the Internet at http://www.dol.gov(link is external).  The information in this news release will be made available in alternate format (large print, Braille, audio tape or disc) from the COAST office upon request.  Please specify which news release when placing your request at 202-693-7828 or TTY 202-693-7755.  The Labor Department is committed to providing America’s employers and employees with easy access to understandable information on how to comply with its laws and regulations.  For more information, please visit http://www.dol.gov/compliance(link is external).last_img read more

Anna Mae Lobenstein

first_imgAnna Mae (nee Ihle) Lobenstein; resident of St. Leon Indiana passed away on October 27, 2017 in her home. She was born on March 27, 1939 to Joseph and Louise (nee Bross) Ihle. On April 25, 1959 she married the love of her life, whom she is now reunited with, Eugene Emmert Lobenstein. In their early days they loved to go square dancing. Annie cherished her family immensely and enjoyed spending time with her great-grandchildren. She loved baseball, especially watching the reds on tv and playing cards. While her competitive nature often forced her to become a sore loser in the game Canasta, everyone to the left would be handed her Black 3’s. Annie was a wonderful cook and her family loved her homemade pancakes. However, due to her husband’s passing, Annie found it too hard to make them. Her faith in God and the church kept her going through her grief as she prayed the rosary daily.She is preceded in death by her husband Eugene Emmeret Lobenstein, parents: Joseph and Louise (nee Bross) Ihle, and sister: Dottie Shope.Those left to remember Annie include her devoted children: Jeff Lobenstein, Tina Lobenstein & Kim (Jerry) Callahan; cherished grandchildren: Stephanie (Jeremy) Smith, Jessica (Cory) Mobley, Jeremy (Amy) Lobenstein, Eric (McKenzie) Callahan & Ryan (Abbie Wiesmann) Callahan; loving great-grandchildren: Wyatt & Landon Smith, Colton Mobley, Easton & Emmett Lobenstein & Tucker Gene Lobenstein who is due in November; Siblings: Mary (Charlie) Gutzwiller, Charlie (Mary) and Joe (Beverly) Ihle, Jean Herman and Debbie (Henry) Ward. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.A rosary service will begin at 10:30 AM followed by the visitation on Monday, October 30, 2017 from 11 AM until the time of mass at 2 PM at the All Saints Parish -St. Joseph’s Campus, 7536 Church Lane, West Harrison, Indiana 47060. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family to benefit the Sunman Life Squad, St. Leon Volunteer Fire Department or the All Saints Parish. Donations can be brought to the visitation and a funeral home representative may help you with your donation. If you are unable to attend the visitation you may mail your contributions to, Brater-Winter Funeral Home, 201 S. Vine Street, Harrison, Ohio 45030last_img read more