UPDATE: Prevailing Wage Processing TimelineTuesday, September 13th, 2011
Previously, we reported that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) confirmed that “the processing of Prevailing Wage Determinations, redeterminations, and Center Director Reviews has been temporarily suspended” and we explained that this will impact the filing of PERM applications.
Since then, pressure has been mounting for the DOL to lift the suspension and resume processing. Processing has resumed but the backlog persists. To update you, at a recent Department of Labor (DOL) stakeholder conference call, Bill Carlson who heads the Office of Foreign Labor Certifications (OFLC), provided news on current efforts to reduce the backlog of PERM prevailing wage requests and he provided a specific timeline for eliminating the backlog on all prevailing wage requests.
Prevailing Wage Processing Timeline:
- Currently, DOL is processing prevailing wage requests received in early June.1 Prevailing wage requests dated prior to June 1 may be held up because of complicated issues such as use of an alternate wage survey and specific geographic location.
- By mid-October, DOL expects to shift back its resources back from processing H-2B prevailing wage determinations to PERM prevailing wage requests.
- By November 1, 2011, DOL commits to have PERM prevailing wage request processing times back in-line with 60 days from time of filing.
DOL repeated that it will not waive any of the regulatory requirements and did not provide any additional guidance on alternative avenues for PERM cases that are ripe for filing but for the lack of a prevailing wage determination.