On June 6, 2017, U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced that the DOL will be actively pursuing actions to increase protections of American workers while more aggressively confronting entities committing visa program fraud and abuse. DOL efforts will include:

  • Directing the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division to use all its resources when conducting investigations to enforce visa program labor protections.
  • Directing the DOL’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) to develop changes to the LCA and to review their investigatory forms to better identify systematic violations and fraud.
  • Establishing a working group of senior leadership from the ETA, the Wage and Hour Division, and Solicitor’s office to supervise an increased effort to make referrals of criminal fraud to the Office of the Inspector General.

In addition, the DOL has begun to prioritize and publicize the investigation and prosecution of entities in violation of visa programs, all with the goal of increasing the promotion of hiring American workers and safeguarding working conditions in the U.S. Please contact SPS Immigration if you have questions on how these proposed changes may impact your workforce.