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 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 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 is external) and its Wage and Hour Division site at is external).# # #Source: U.S. Department of Labor releases are accessible on the Internet at 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 is external).last_img read more

Hampton Bays Crash Leaves Driver Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An 33-year-old Peconic man was killed when crashed the truck he was driving in Hampton Bays over the weekend.Southampton Town Police said the driver of a Dodge Ram 1500 with a Illinois registration struck a tree off the roadway on Flanders Road, west of Red Creek Road, shortly before 8 a.m. Sunday.The victim, who was identified as Julio Tocay, was pronounced at the scene.Southampton Town Detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information regarding this incident to call them at 631-702-2230.last_img

Cazenovia track girls dominates OHSL Liberty meet

first_img Tags: Cazenoviagirls track and field The Cazenovia girls track and field team picked the right time to roll out their best performance yet of the 2019 season, earning an historic victory at last Wednesday’s OHSL Liberty division small-school championship.Setting an all-time league record for points scored and margin of victory, the Lakers earned 212 points to overwhelm Skaneateles (79) and five other squads for the crown.It was a total team effort for the Lakers as 21 different girls contributed to score in every event en route to earning 21 All-League selections, including eight individual first-team honors during the meet. They also achieved 18 new season-best performances, many at sectional or state qualifier meet standards. Senior Captain Maddy Gavitt led the squad, earning three titles in the long jump, triple jump and high jump. Gavitt hit a season best in the long jump at 16 feet 4 1/4 inches for first with Chloe Smith third at 14’11 1/4″.In the triple jump, Gavitt was just short of her school record distance in the triple jump at 35’7 1/2″ and won a jump-off at 4’9″ to triumph in the high jump, with Paige Hunt third at 4’8″. Hunt earned a title of her own capturing the pole vault at 9 feet, with Gavitt fourth.Cazenovia’s distance runners were a huge ingredient in the team’s success, exceeding pre-meet expectations in every race.center_img They were led by Molly Hart (11:38.78) and Isla Stover (11:46.07) who finished 1-2 at 3,000 meters, each with personal bests. The duo finished third (Hart, 5:17.24) and fifth (Stover, 5:27.98) in the 1,500, also in season-best times.The 4×800 meter team earned honors as Claire Braaten (2:37.9) led the team of Kelly Frost, Mary Williams and Finlay Stover to their best time of 10:54.62. Braaten returned to score fourth in the 800-meter run.Frost earned all-league honors individually as she won the 2,000-meter steeplechase in a personal best time of 8:37.67, with Jackie Gamlen earning fourth place in 9:27.13.Savannah Johnson led the sprinters, earning second place in the 100-meter dash in a state qualifier eligible time of 13.27 seconds. She also earned all league status in the 200 with a 27.78 seconds and anchored the 4×100 team of Grace Dolan, Caryn Gagnon and Hunt to second in 53.13 seconds.Peyton Basic was dominant in the 400-meter dash, earning first team honors in a career-best time of 1:02.80. Dolan was fifth in 1:07.70 and both girls returned to join Cavy Monahan and Ella Huftalen for a season best time in the 4×400 of 4:31.13, which put them in third place. Basic also captured fourth in the 200.The Laker hurdlers added 26 points to the effort as Melanie Michael won the 100 hurdles in 17.38 seconds and Gagnon was second in 17.81 seconds, also returning to place third and fifth, respectively, in the 400 hurdles.Cazenovia’s throwers also added to the exceptional meet, scoring 24 points of their own. Claire Edwards scored in both the discus (second place, 88’8″) and shot put (fourth) while Kenzie Yates (26’4 1/2″ in the shot) and Tessa Hanskenecht (78’4″ in the discus) each finished third in the league.Lili Gavitt capped the Lakers’ championship performance with a second-place effort in the pentathlon as she achieved a personal best performance of 2,259 points across the five events.The Lakers competed at the Clinton “Junkyard” Relays on Saturday  as a final tune-up as they prepare for the Section III Class B-2 championships next Thursday at Canastota.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more