A Glendale software engineering company paid $48,193 to an employee after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation found the employer violated labor provisions of the foreign labor certification program, it was announced Friday.
WHD investigators found Assigncorp failed to provide work for the employee — as required by the H-1B visa program — when business slowed, and did not pay the hourly rate required in the program’s Labor Certification Application for the idle time, a violation of federal law.
Employers that wish to hire guest workers must fully familiarize themselves with the H-1B foreign labor certification program, which helps American companies find highly skilled talent when there is a shortage of U.S. workers, said Los Angeles-based WHD District Director Kimchi Bui.
“The resolution of this case demonstrates our commitment to safeguard American jobs, level the playing field for law-abiding employers, and ensure no one is being paid less than they are legally owed,” Bui said.
Assigncorp provides IT consulting services to projects that involve database and web-based applications, content management and block chain technology.
WHD provides employers with compliance assistance resources related to the H-1B visa program.