DOL Fines

Nebraska Farmer to Pay $250K to Settle DOL H-2A Lawsuit

A family-owned farm in Nebraska has agreed to pay $250,000 in back wages to 89 temporary foreign workers it employed through the H-2A visa program, according to a recent order issued by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Administrative Law Judges. Daniels Produce, a Columbus grower, packer and shipper of produce, must distribute the back wages monthly over a five-year installment plan that began in January in connection with a March 31 order approving its settlement agreement with the DOL, a representative for the agency told Law360.
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DOL Finds Company Owes Back Wages to H-1B Worker

On February 29, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Administrative Review Board (“DOL”) has held that a computer products company owes an Icelandic woman $341,693 plus interest after filing a specialty visa for her and then not paying her the wages it owed her for six years of work. Datalink Computer Products Inc. and its President owe the money to the H-1B visa holder because they did not undergo the proper procedure to terminate her labor contract agreement (“LCA”), according to the DOL decision.
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Local Business Owner Pleads Guilty to Employing Unauthorized Workers

The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana, Kenneth A. Polite announced on Thursday, February 18, 2016 that Ke Lian Zhao, 50, of Kenner, pled guilty to employing unauthorized foreign nationals at his restaurant La Jumbo China Buffet ("Jumbo Buffet"). Jumbo Buffet also pled guilty to two counts of making false statements to federal agents.