BALCA upheld denial where the employer submitted a recruitment report signed by its agent, as opposed to itself, in direct violation of 20 C.F.R. §656.17(g)(1) which requires either the employer or its representative to sign the recruitment report. (Matter of DMPRO, Inc., 3/24/16). Read Balca decision(pdf)
BALCA overturned the denial, holding that a minor typo in the employer name on the SWA job order did little to confuse potential applicants about the employer’s identity or undermine the employer’s §656.10(c)(8) attestation. (Matter of SWDWII LLC, 1/29/16). Read Balca decision(pdf)
BALCA ordered certification to be granted despite a divergence of duties between Form ETA 9089 and the SWA job order, finding that 656.17(f) only applies to the required newspaper or professional journal. (Matter of Pinnacle Technical Resources, Inc., 1/21/2016). Read the Balca case here.
After denial solely for failing to list non-experience based qualifications in Section K, BALCA ordered the matter remanded for certification, which the CO supported. See three factually similar cases: 2014-PER-00224, 2014-PER-00260, and 2014-PER-00262. (Matter of The Cadmus Group, 1/15/16). Read Balca decision(PDF)
After employer failed to provide dated website postings and the text of the radio ad, BALCA held that screenshots are “dated copies” and that an audio recording and contract from the radio station confirming when the ad ran was sufficient. (Matter of Waldorf School of Orange County, 11/6/15). Read the BALCA decision.
BALCA determined that employer verified sponsorship upon signing the statement certifying the conditions of employment on the mailed-in application. The application was remanded to CO for further processing on the merits of the application. (Matter of La Hacienda Meat Market, Inc., 11/4/15). Read the Balca decision here.
Denial affirmed where prevailing wage validity period on 9089 was less than 90 days. Validity was actually “90 days from date of determination” but dates were entered incorrectly on 9089. (Matter of Guilbert Tex, Inc., 10/14/15). Read the Balca decision here.
BALCA affirmed denial where the company president’s name but not employer’s name was on the NOF. Rejecting the employer’s harmless error argument, BALCA said persons providing information to the CO need the employer name as it appears on Form 9089. (Matter of G.O.T. Supply, Inc., 10/6/15). Read the Balca decision here.
Acknowledging that 20 CFR 656.17(g)(1) does not explicitly require recruitment reports to have “original” signatures, BALCA upheld the denial of 3 labor certifications rejecting the argument that the typewritten name constituted an electronic signature. (Matter of NYC Dept. of Educ., 5/14/15). Read the BALCA decision here.
BALCA upheld the CO’s denial for failure to submit a recruitment report describing the recruitment steps undertaken, as 20 CFR 656.17(g)(1) requires, when the employer inadvertently omitted a page. (Matter of Simply Soup LTD., 1/13/15). Read the BALCA case.
BALCA found that where the employee gained the required experience while working for the employer, the employer’s detailed statement sufficiently documented that it was no longer feasible to train a worker for the position under 20 CFR §656.17(i)(2)(ii). (Matter of Kentrox, 5/22/14). Read the BALCA case.
Finding nothing in the regulations prohibiting an employer from using the same newspaper as both a “general circulation” and a local newspaper, BALCA reversed the denial where the employer placed two Sunday ads and one Tuesday ad in the Boston Globe. (Matter of Delta Search Labs, 4/24/14). Read the BALCA case.
BALCA reversed the CO’s denial, finding that based on the plain language of the regulations and the regulatory history, the advertising content requirements of 20 CFR 656.17(f) do not apply to additional requirement steps found in section 656.17(e)(1)(ii). (Matter of Symantec Corp., 2/11/14). Read the BALCA case.
BALCA reversed the CO’s denial, finding the laid-off U.S. worker clearly lacked the required experience and skill in specified accounting and modeling programs based on the face of the worker’s resume and the employer’s ETA 9089. (Matter of Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., 2/10/14). Read the BALCA case.
BALCA held that the CO was unreasonable in insisting that the alien’s holding of the required degree be disclosed on the 9089 where documents in the reconsideration motion showed that a bachelor’s degree is a prerequisite for a Montessori certificate. (Matter of The Clariden School, 1/30/14). Read the BALCA case.
BALCA found that the employee’s letter affirming her knowledge of programming and other skills was sufficient where the audit asked the employer to “provide documentation” without specifying the type of documentation or indicating that the letter must be notarized. (Matter of PARC, 4/2/14). Read the BALCA case here.
Noting that the list of factors set forth in the decision were not exhaustive, BALCA found that Dice.com is a job search website for IT professionals, not a “professional organization” for purposes of recruitment under 20 CFR §656.17(e)(1)(ii)(E). (Matter of Privthi Info. Solutions, 11/1/13). Read the BALCA case here.
BALCA held that the letters the employer sent to U.S. applicants were insufficient, noting that there was no attempt to determine whether they could become qualified with reasonable on-the-job training and there was no proof that the applicants received the letters. (Matter of Twins, 11/1/13). Read the BALCA case here.
BALCA reversed the denial, finding the omission of a Spanish language requirement in the Notice of Filing was not by itself fatal to the application where the overall text of the NOF was sufficient to apprise U.S. workers of the job opportunity. (Matter of Architectural Stone Accents, 7/3/13). Read the BALCA case here.
BALCA found the employer’s ads unduly restrictive, where the employer listed “Houston, TX” (the place of the beneficiary’s residence) as the geographic area of employment, when in fact, the position is more flexible and allows the person to work from home. (Matter of Siemen’s, 7/23/13). Read the BALCA case here.