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

Inter District School Athletics begins

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Inter District School Athletic Championship got under way at the SAI Sports complex here today. Altogether 560 players and officials from 31 districts are taking part in the championship. The inaugural function was held in the evening which was attended by Queen Oja, the vice chairperson of Sports Authority of Assam, as the chief guest. The other dignitaries present in the function were Director of SAI (NE) Region Subhash Basumatary, Director in charge of Sports and Youth Welfare Partha Pegu, the president of the Sports Journalists Federation of India Subodh Malla Barua and former Deputy Director of Sports and Youth Welfare Pradip Hazarika.Meanwhile Trishna Barua of Kokrajhar bagged gold medal in the girls U-17 category. In the boys section the gold medal was collected by Akshay Boro of Kamrup (R). The other gold medal winners on Tuesday: U-17 girls category-Binki Chamuah (Kamrup Metro, 1500m), Jahanara Khatun (Barpeta, High jump), Mayukhi Deka (Kamrup Metro), Shot put. U-17 boys category-Birpung Narzary (Kokrajhar, 1500m), Aoikheek Gogoi (Sivasagar, Shot put), Bidyut Mazumdar (Kamrup Metro, High jump).Also Read: Sports Newslast_img read more

Fees mounting at universities

first_imgWhen Emily McLain decided to enroll at the University of Oregon, a significant part of the appeal was low tuition. She had not counted on all the fees that unexpectedly appeared on her bill. “I had my dad calling me asking, `What’s this for?”‘ said McLain, 22, a political science and international studies major now entering her last year at the university. This year, for instance, the university is charging a $51 “energy surcharge” for rising electricity costs. A $270 “technology fee” for computer service. There is the $371.25 fee for the campus health center, a $135 fee to maintain buildings and grounds, and a $624 “incidental fee,” for student activities. And more. All told, fees add up to $1,542, or nearly an additional 40 percent on top of tuition of $3,984. That does not even count additional fees charged for taking certain courses. And in California last year, a state judge ordered the University of California system to pay back millions of dollars to the students who sued the university system in 2003 charging that increases in fees violated university assurances that fees would stay fixed for current students. The University of California has appealed the decision. Private colleges have fees, too, but educators say that usually they are dwarfed by tuition, which can be set without seeking approval from lawmakers or any other outsiders. Public colleges cost far less but the imbalance between fees and tuition can be hefty.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! College administrators say public universities are increasingly tacking on fees for the same reasons that some are experimenting with differential tuition for different majors: state support for higher education has languished, and legislatures shy away from approving tuition increases. Fees, by contrast, can often be set by individual campuses. At just over half the nation’s four-year public colleges, fees rose faster than tuition in the 2005-6 school year and the previous year, according to the College Board, which tracks trends in college costs. Overall, in 2005-6 fees – the most current year for which there is available data – rose by an average of 8 percent to 11 percent at public four-year institutions, well above the rate of inflation. These days, there may be a fee for every imaginable service. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga this fall is collecting a new $25 health fee. Montana State University Billings for the first time is charging a $10 library fee. The University of North Dakota has imposed a $37 per semester fee to pay for pulling its whole athletic program into Division I. And students at Arizona State University face a new $25 technology fee. Some students are rebelling, calling fees an underhanded tuition increase that obscures the real cost of college. In Arizona, students recently called on the regents to change the fee-setting process. “A lot of students felt like fees were being used for services that used to be covered by tuition,” said Serena Unrein, executive director of the Arizona Students’ Association. In Oregon, students went to the Legislature last spring to demand relief. “Students want more transparency,” said McLain, who is student body president. last_img