IT Company Fined $48,193 for H-1B Visa Program Violations

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An information technology (IT) consulting company that develops database and web-based applications, content management, and blockchain technology was fined $48,193 by the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage & Hour Division to settle allegations of H-1B Visa Program violations.

What Happened?

According to the DOL, Glendale, California-based Assigncorp, when seeking the H-1B employees, submitted certifications to the DOL, which required Assigncorp to pay certain wages based on the DOL wage statistics and established prevailing wages in the area of proposed employment. When Assigncorp’s business slowed, the company “did not pay the hourly rate required in the program’s Labor Certification Application for the idle time, a violation of federal law.” Assigncorp settled with the DOL by agreeing to a civil penalty; H-1B employers must be aware of criminal prosecution if certain patterns or practices are established.

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