Archive for the 'H-1B Employee Rights Philosophy' Category

It’s Your Status; Take Care of It

If you are an H-1B worker and have been reading our blog regularly, by now you probably know that your employer must pay you a required wage even if benched, you must do the work when available for which you were hired, and you cannot move from one location to the next without the employer […]

H-1B Benched, Underpaid, Feeling Exploited? Issues to Consider Before You Quit

H-1B workers who are benched or underpaid not only feel financially exploited, they may also feel emotionally exploited, especially if they have an employer whose main motivation tactic is to threaten to revoke your visa. Understandably, H-1B workers who feel exploited and unappreciated will want to quit their job, and may do so in the […]

Why PG County Schools’ Wage Violations May Throw Its H-1B Teachers Out of the US

In the wake of Maryland’s Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) settlement agreement involving H-1B wage violations, questions have been raised about the unfair effect this is having on the victims, the teachers who will be forced to leave their jobs and the United States once their H-1B time runs out. As part of the […]

What Happened to the H-1B Employees Charged with IT Employer as Visa Fraud Conspirators?

The H-1B employees who were originally indicted as co-conspirators in connection with Vision Systems work visa fraud scheme have either plead guilty to reduced charges or had charges dismissed last year.  Apparently, these results were in exchange for the H-1B workers cooperating with the investigation and prosecution of their employer. Most of those who plead guilty did […]

Want to Negotiate With an Employer You Distrust? Consider Talking to a Trusted Third Party First

You may be in a situation where (1) an employer has violated your trust in the past, and you are uncomfortable with that employer; but (2) you still need something from that employer– their payment of overdue wages, their approval of a pending administrative request, etc. Often, I see employees in this situation– that is, […]

Off-Site Work Off Limits to H-1Bs? New Guidance Explains H-1B Job Criteria

Image by john_a_ward via Flickr If you are an H-1B worker in search of new work, especially in the IT sector, you must scrutinize the relationship with your prospective H-1B employer to make sure the proposed employment relationship is acceptable under USCIS criteria.If you don’t compare the proposed employment conditions with USCIS requirements, you risk […]

H-1B Fraud Detection Site Visits in Full Swing. What Should You Expect?

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has launched a new program in which it is making unannounced site visits throughout the United States to monitor and detect fraud among H-1B employers and their H-1B employees. In this article we explain what happens during these site visits and your rights and obligations under the law […]

Is Your H-1B Employer Threatening or Harassing You Because You Complained? Consider These Things.

Image by 96dpi via Flickr If you complained to your H-1B employer because they committed wrongs– such as making you pay H-1B filing fees and benching you without pay– you may find the employer has compounded the problem by threatening or harassing you because of your complaint. The law prohibits an employer from retaliating against […]

When H-1B Employment Trouble Arises, Start Work on Plan B Immediately

Does your H-1B employer: Rip you off (e.g. make you pay H-1B filing fees, underpay your wages, etc.)? Subject you to abuse (e.g. threaten you with job termination or deportation)? Want you to do things that you think are unethical? If you answered ‘yes’ to one or more of these questions, then you may well […]

Three Words You Should Never Say in an Employment Dispute

The late comedian George Carlin famously spoke about seven words you can’t say on TV. Not one to miss a chance to co-opt, I will offer you three words you should NEVER utter in an employment dispute.