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

Super Bowl’s 5 greatest upsets

first_imgAppalachian State started it all back in September when theDivision 1-AA team went into the Big House and upset Michigan to start thecollege football season.Since then, we have seen more upsets in sports in the lastfive months than we probably have seen in the last five years.We saw a 41-point favored USC team lose to Stanford, theColorado Rockies improbable run and their winning 21 of 22 to make it to theWorld Series, and Maryland top college basketball powerhouse North Carolina.Then Sunday came.The New York Giants pulled off one of the biggest upsets ofall time by beating the undefeated New England Patriots 17-14 in Super BowlXLII.How could a Giant team, which many doubted would even make theplayoffs, knock off the heavily favored Patriots?How did they hold the most prolific scoring offense in NFLhistory to just 14 points?And who would have ever thought Eli Manning could outplayNFL poster child Tom Brady on the biggest stage?But now that the Super Bowl is over, the question now is,?Did the Giants pull off the biggest upset in Super Bowl history??While I?m sure there will be many takes on this topic overthe course of the coming days, here is my top five Super Bowl upsets of alltime:No. 5: Super BowlIV: Kansas City Chiefs 23, Minnesota Vikings 7Despite the Jets? surprising upset the year before, mostpeople still didn?t respect the AFL and listed the Vikings as 13-pointfavorites. Besides being underdogs, the Chiefs also had to deal with theaccusation that quarterback Len Dawson was involved in a gambling scandal.However, the Chiefs jumped out to a 16-point halftime leadand never looked back, giving the AFL its second consecutive upset in the SuperBowl. Dawson threw for 142 yards and a touchdown in winning game MVP honors.No. 4: Super BowlXXXII: Denver Broncos 31, Green Bay Packers 24The Packers had everything going for them entering SuperBowl XXXII, just like the Patriots did this year. They were led by the NFL?sonly three-time MVP, Brett Favre, had one of the best defenses in the leagueled by Reggie White and were the defending Super Bowl champions.With all that on the Packers? side, Green Bay was favored by12 points over Denver.The Packers got off to a fast start as well, taking theopening kickoff down the field for a touchdown. However, from then on theBroncos just kept handing the ball off to Terrell Davis, who rushed for 157yards and scored a Super Bowl record three times. With the win, John Elway andthe Broncos won their first Super Bowl and ended the NFC?s winning streak inthe big game at 12.No. 3: Super BowlXXXVI: New England Patriots 20, St. Louis Rams 17Heading into Super Bowl XXXVI, not many people gave thePatriots a chance against the Rams and in the ?Greatest Show on Turf,? as theRams were favored by two touchdowns.In the game, the Patriots jumped out to a 17-3 lead, but NFLMVP Kurt Warner led the Rams on two late scoring drives to tie the game at 17with 1:30 left on the clock. With no timeouts left for the Patriots, manyfigured we would witness the first overtime game in Super Bowl history, but TomBrady led his team down the field to set up a game-winning field goal by AdamVinatieri. And the rest is history. The Patriots went on to win three SuperBowls in four years, and Brady established himself as one of the bestquarterbacks in football history.No. 2: Super BowlXLII: New York Giants 17, New England Patriots 14Entering this year?s Super Bowl, many considered thePatriots a team of destiny that would not be denied their undefeated season.The Giants, on the other hand, had an up-and-down season but had played thePatriots close in the regular season finale. Even though New York played NewEngland close the first time they met, the Patriots were still favored by 12points.From the opening kickoff, the Giants? defense gave Brady allhe could handle, sacking him five times and knocking him down countless ofother times. Still, Brady led his team the length of the field for a go-aheadtouchdown, seeming to seal the game and the perfect season for the Pats.However, Manning got the ball back with just under three minutes left in thegame and had a Brady-esque performance, throwing the game-winning touchdownwith 30 seconds left to pull off the second greatest Super Bowl upset ever.No. 1: Super BowlIII: New York Jets 16, Baltimore Colts 7The Jets pulled off the biggest Super Bowl upset ever bybeating the NFL?s Colts. At the time the AFL was still considered an upstartleague that couldn?t match the talent level of the NFL. The first two SuperBowls gave support to that claim as the Packers beat the Chiefs and Raiders bya combined score of 68-24.Despite being 18-point underdogs, Broadway Joe guaranteed aJets victory and then came out and backed up his guarantee with hisperformance. The Jets never trailed in the game, as Namath threw for 206 yardson his way to being named Super Bowl MVP. The upset also gave the AFL its firstof two Super Bowl victories before merging with the NFL and becoming the AFC in1970. While the Jets might have pulled off the greatest Super Bowlupset of all time, the Giants gave them a run for their money. But the Giantsstill did one thing Sunday with the win: The G-Men pulled off the biggest upsetin my lifetime.Greg Schmitz is a senior majoring in communication arts.Let him know what you think is the biggest upset in Super Bowl history at gschmitz@badgerherald.com.?last_img read more

Syracuse flashes balanced attack in 61-53 win over Clemson

first_imgIt was an unfamiliar situation for Syracuse as Marek Dolezaj pushed transition. He pulled up near the top of the key and fired a bounce pass to a cutting Oshae Brissett from the left wing.Brissett caught the pass in stride and slammed it home, throwing his hands up as the Carrier Dome crowd erupted and the Orange took an 11-point first-half lead.In its conference home opener, Syracuse (11-4, 2-0 Atlantic Coast) started hot and never looked back, controlling nearly every aspect of the game in a 61-53 win over Clemson (10-5, 0-2) on Wednesday night. For all but 36 seconds, Syracuse sat in the driver’s seat, never trailing. But unlike other big wins this season where Syracuse’s scoring trio — Tyus Battle, Brissett and Elijah Hughes — ran the offense, the Orange uncharacteristically flashed a balanced attack, one that gave them the momentum it needed to win its second-straight conference matchup.It came just four days after Syracuse’s win on the road against Notre Dame, when head coach Jim Boeheim addressed the media about his big three.“They have to show up,” the 43-year head coach said. “If they don’t we aren’t going to win. We depend on those guys.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhile all three players combined for 35 points against Clemson, shots did not fall as often. Brissett and Battle missed all 10 of their shots from 3 and Hughes shot just 40 percent from the floor.Yet for the first time all year, Syracuse looked comfortable the entire game on its home court. For the second time this season, Frank Howard found himself in double-figures and shot 50 percent from the floor. Dolezaj added 10 points and nailed a pair of 3s, too.“I think (the offense is) really deadly (with four or five scorers),” Dolezaj said, who shot 50 percent from 3. “Usually last year we only had three players who could score. And now we have four, maybe five. We are really getting better.”It gave a glimpse at the potential Syracuse’s offense has, one that wasn’t balanced in any of SU’s nonconference slate, nor its ACC opener at Notre Dame. Brissett, Battle and Hughes accounted for 58 of the Orange’s 72 points in that win.There wasn’t anything different about the offense. SU kept firing 3s despite shooting 23 percent from deep, an area its struggled in all season — outside of Notre Dame. But instead of losing on that precedent, however, SU attacked the paint. The five starters combined for a 62 percent clip from inside the arc, and Bourama Sidibe added a make off the bench.Tony Coffield | Contributing Photographer“No one had a huge night,” said Battle, who finished with 12 points and three assists. “Thought we were all just being aggressive and looking for our shot and trying to make something happen on the offensive end. And that’s how we have to play.”Syracuse’s defense held its own the entire game, stymieing a Clemson offense that entered Wednesday ranked 10th in the country in 2-point field goal percentage, per kenpom.com. Sidibe, just days after making two huge defensive stops against Notre Dame, blocked three shots in 16 minutes.All the while, Paschal Chukwu, SU’s former starting center, sat on the bench in his long-sleeved orange shirt and white headband. Dolezaj and Sidibe rotated in and out for each other. For the first time all season, Chukwu didn’t log a single minute and Boeheim added postgame he was not battling injury.There were times when Clemson had an opportunity to claw its way back into the game, though. Early in the second half, the Tigers made back-to-back 3s to cut the deficit to just two possessions. Soon after, SU flashed a full-court press to combat the Tigers’ slight momentum shift.A Clemson turnover then resulted in a Dolezaj 3 from the right wing. On the next play, another turnover ended up with a Hughes 3 from the top of the key. Each time, the Carrier Dome crowd grew louder.Syracuse eviscerated the Clemson momentum by creating turnovers. The Tigers rank 273th in the country in offensive turnover percentage and turn the ball over 14.6 times per game. By game’s end, Clemson had 17 turnovers. Two came in the opening minutes, with Dolezaj drawing a pair of charges against the Clemson big men. There were strips inside the paint and errant passes trying to push the tempo, trying to beat SU full-court press that formed mid game.“One of the keys when we got (up) six, we pressed,” Boeheim said. “We got two big turnovers and scores and went up 12. The press served as purpose … and that gave us enough separation.”Whatever Clemson tried, Syracuse had an answer for. The Tigers shot a season-worst 35.8 percent from the field and couldn’t figure out how to buck its season-long 3-point woes.While Syracuse’s offense regressed slightly in the second half, the Orange never lost control, staying the course as an eight-point halftime lead turned into an eight-point win.After four nonconference losses, the Orange stumbled into ACC play with added importance on each game. No SU team has ever made the NCAA Tournament with four nonconference losses. Starting off conference play with a pair of wins became necessary for a Syracuse team beginning to find its groove. And through the efforts of its rarely-seen balanced attack on Wednesday, the Orange may have help outside of their scoring trio.“Takes a lot of pressure off our main scorers,” said Brissett. “We have guys that can really come in and make a spark.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 9, 2019 at 10:15 pm Contact Charlie: csdistur@syr.edu | @charliedisturcolast_img read more