In the wake of recent U.S. government efforts to crackdown on H-1B program violators, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has released a new tool to help employees and employers better understand their rights and responsibilities under the H-1B program.

The online compliance tool called the H-1B Advisor  describes the H-1B program’s standards, including notification requirements, monetary issues, work site issues, record keeping, worker protections and enforcement.

For H-1B employees, it discusses among other issues your right to be paid the required wage even when benched, permitted payroll deductions, and prohibitions against imposing financial penalties against you if you change jobs before your H-1B period ends with your current employer.

Please note the new advisor tool focuses solely on compliance with the requirements enforced by the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. DOL and does not address USCIS program requirements.

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This blog is authored by Employee and H-1B Rights Attorney Michael Brown, and Immigration Attorney Vonda K. Vandaveer of the law firm V.K. Vandaveer, P.L.L.C.