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

Syracuse football recruiting: Linebacker Rashad Smith flips back to FAU from SU on Signing Day

first_imgClass of 2016 linebacker Rashad Smith has flipped back to Florida Atlantic, according to multiple media reports. He was committed to FAU until Jan. 24, when he changed his commitment to Syracuse. On National Signing Day on Wednesday, Smith switched back to the Owls.He signed his letter of intent to play for Florida Atlantic, officially ending his recruitment. Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Syracuse football recruiting: Safety/OLB Rashad Smith flips commitment from Florida Atlantic to SUSyracuse football recruiting: What to know about Syracuse’s Class of 2016Syracuse football recruiting: Track the Class of 2016 Published on February 3, 2016 at 9:41 am Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Rashad Smith of #Homestead signing his NLI for @FAU_football. pic.twitter.com/I8Vv6yPunn— Chris Green Photo (@ChrisGreenPics) February 3, 2016AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSmith’s decommitment from Syracuse bumps the Orange’s 2016 class down to 21 members. So far, 16 players have signed their paperwork to officially join SU. Syracuse’s class is now down to three linebackers — Andrew Armstrong, Kenneth Ruff and Tim Walton — all of whom have signed their National Letter of Intent.Homestead (Florida) High School’s Smith was ranked with three stars and as the 139th best outside linebacker in the 2016 class. Commentslast_img read more