July 2017 Issue Highlights
In the Spotlight: Kimberly Douglas, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, 2017-2018 Chair of the Board for SHRM-Atlanta
- July 2017 note from the editor
- Profile: Kimberly Douglas, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, 2017-2018 Chair of the Board for SHRM-Atlanta
- Industry News & Events
- Highlights from the 2017 ALSHRM Conference in Birmingham May 16-17
- Register for the 33rd Annual KYSHRM Conference in Louisville August 29-31
- Highlights from the 8th Annual TNSHRM Leadership Conference in Nashville April 21
- Register for 22nd Annual North Alabama HR Management Conference in Florence August 15
- Register for 2017 SHRM Georgia State Conference in Brunswick October 8-10
- Register for 2017 TNSHRM Conference & Expo in Nashville October 1-4
- Register for Online SHRM Certification Exam Prep Class Beginning August 21
- Highlights from the 2017 TPMA Annual Conference in Chattanooga April 18-21
- Recipients of the 2016 SHRM Excel Award
- Shoals Chapter of Alabama Receives 2016 SHRM Excel Silver Award
- If Not You, Who? How to Crack the Code of Employee Disengagement by Jill Christensen
- Is Your Company’s Biggest Risk on the Road by Sonja Weathers
- Culture, Meet HR Strategy. HR Strategy, Meet Culture by Dayle Savage
- 20 Habits of Highly Ineffective and Unsuccessful Leaders by Gordon Tredgold
- 7 Signs of an Awesome Employee by Harvey Deutschendorf
- Book Look: Accelerating Performance by William Carmichael
- Top Educational Programs for HR Professionals
- Sullivan University
- WGU Tennessee
- Athens State University
- Union University
- University of Louisville
- University of Memphis
- University of Illinois
- Vanderbilt Peabody University
- Employee Benefits
- The Dietitian: An Employer’s Recipe for Success by Chris Davis
- Register for 4th Annual Employer Forum: Why Corporate Wellness in the Workplace? August 18 in Jackson, TN
- What Factors Affect Costs for Defined Benefit Pension Plans by Richard Works
- Highlights of MSBGH Healthy Workplace Healthy Communities Conference in Jackson May 24
- Employment Law Update
- Highlights of Ogletree Deakins Breakfast Briefing in Memphis May 9
- Can Employers Discipline Employees Who Post Negative Comments on Glassdoor? by Zachary W. Holt
- Joint Employers and Overtime – Zhou v. IBM by Jerome D. Pinn
- What Lies Beneath? How to Address and Overcome Implicit Gender Bias in Your Organization by Courtney Leyes
- Fisher Phillips Annual One Day Seminar in Memphis May 11
- HR’s Role in Dodd-Frank and Other Compliance by Alec C. MacInnes
- Is Mandatory E-Verify Good for Employers? by Bruce E. Buchanan
- Next Issue – Profiles of ERISA and Employee Benefits Attorneys and Retirement Planning and Compliance plus Employment Law Updates
DOL Directs Agencies to Aggressively Confront Visa Program Fraud
(Washington, June 6/2017) After a thorough review of the U.S. Department of Labor’s foreign worker visa programs, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced actions to increase protections of American workers while more aggressively confronting entities committing visa program fraud and abuse.
“Entities who engage in visa program fraud and abuse are breaking our laws and are harming American workers, negatively affecting Americans’ ability to provide for themselves and their families. We will enforce vigorously those laws, including heightened use of criminal referrals,” said Secretary Acosta. “The U.S. Department of Labor will focus on preventing visa program abuse and take every available legal action against those who abuse these programs.”
The secretary determined that it is now the policy of the department to enforce vigorously all laws within its jurisdiction governing the administration and enforcement of non-immigrant visa programs, including:
- Directing the department’s Wage and Hour Division to use all its tools in conducting civil investigations to enforce labor protections provided by the visa programs.
- Directing the department’s Employment and Training Administration to develop proposed changes to the Labor Condition Application, and for the division to review their investigatory forms, to better identify systematic violations and potential fraud, and provide greater transparency for agency personnel, U.S. workers and the general public.
- Directing the division, ETA and the Office of the Solicitor to coordinate the administration and enforcement activities of the visa programs and make referrals of criminal fraud to the Office of the Inspector General.
- Establishing a working group made up of senior leadership from ETA, the division and Solicitor’s office to supervise this effort and coordinate enforcement to avoid duplication of efforts and maximize the efficiency of the department’s activities regarding the visa programs. The working group shall invite OIG to send representatives to participate in its efforts.
The department will also continue to work with the departments of Justice and Homeland Security to further investigate and detect visa program fraud and abuse.
In addition, work has already begun on promoting the hiring of Americans and safeguarding working conditions in the U.S. The department has begun to prioritize and publicize the investigation and prosecution of entities in violation of visa programs. For example, in the first successful legal action of its kind by the department, the department obtained a preliminary injunction under the H-2A visa program from the U.S. District Court for Arizona against G Farms for illegal and life-threatening housing provided to agricultural workers. The department continues to investigate the violations at G Farms and has also been in contact with the OIG on this matter.
The department’s OIG has focused substantial investigative resources towards combating visa-related fraud schemes. Their sustained efforts have led to significant results, including convictions of attorneys, employers, recruiters, corrupt government employees and labor brokers. Highlights of some of OIG’s recent successes combating fraud in the H-1B program, for example, are available here: https://www.oig.dol.gov/OIGBrief-H1B.pdf
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