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U.S. Department of Labor
Wage and Hour Division
Release Number: ESA-WH-09-1004-DAL


Aug. 25, 2009


Elizabeth M. Todd



U.S. Labor Departmentís Wage and Hour Division to host informational seminar on H-1B temporary worker program in Dallas

IRVING, Texas -- In an effort to educate employers about the H-1B temporary worker program, including worker protection provisions, the U.S. Department of Laborís Wage and Hour Division will hold a free informational seminar on Tuesday, Sept. 1, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. CDT at the Sheraton Grand Hotel at 4440 W. John Carpenter Freeway in Irving.

ďH-1B labor standard provisions can be challenging for employers,Ē said Cynthia Watson, the Wage and Hour Divisionís regional administrator in the Southwest. ďThis seminar is designed to assist H-1B employers in achieving and maintaining compliance.Ē

The H-1B visa program allows non-immigrant foreign workers in professional occupations, such as computer programmers, engineers, medical doctors and teachers, to enter the United States and work temporarily. By law, H-1B workers are to be paid the same wage rates and benefits as those paid to workers in the United States already doing the same jobs in the same geographic areas.

The outreach event, to be conducted by the Wage and Hour Divisionís Dallas District Office, will provide valuable information to employers on protecting both the rights of similarly employed U.S. workers and H-1B workers themselves. Topics include:

- Required wage rate, prevailing wages, actual wage information.
- Notification requirements.
- Short-term placement.
- Petition fees.
- Public access records.
- H-1B dependent employer and H-1B exempt worker information.

For more information about H-1B specialty occupations under the Immigration and Nationality Act or other laws administered by the Wage and Hour Division, call the divisionís Dallas District Office at 817-861-2150 or the departmentís toll-free helpline at 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243). Information is also available on the Internet at


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