DOL Proposes Further Delay of Prevailing Wage Increases for H-1B, E-3, H-1B1, PERM

On Monday, March 22nd, the Department of Labor (DOL) published a notice in the Federal Register proposing further delay of the implementation of the final rule that would dramatically increase the prevailing wage rates that must be paid to H-1B, E-3, and H-1B1 temporary workers, as well as the required wage rates for the PERM Labor Certification-based green card process. The DOL has proposed the effective date of the rule be postponed by 18 months or until November 14, 2022, citing additional time needed to sufficiently assess the rule’s implementation and respond to issues raised by public comments to the rule. The prevailing wage increases were most recently postponed until May 4, 2021 as a part of the Biden Administration’s regulatory freeze on several Trump-era proposed regulations. We will continue to keep our clients updated on any developments on the prevailing wage increases.

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