Feds Ask To Pull Back Trump-Era H-1B Base Wages Rule

Law360 (June 10, 2021, 6:30 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Labor asked a California federal court to remand a disputed policy increasing the minimum wage businesses must pay H-1B specialty occupation workers, saying that critics have raised serious concerns warranting careful review.

The Trump White House's efforts to raise the visa program's entry-level wages — a campaign inherited by the Biden administration — triggered litigation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, California Institute of Technology and several others, who characterized the policy as an illegally rushed, "assault" on the visa program that would prevent employers from hiring new H-1B workers. 

Those concerns were serious and warranted "careful...

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