Final week, FAIR’s authorities relations group submitted its fifth public remark of the 12 months, urging the U.S. Division of Labor (DOL) to boost the wages employers are required to pay overseas staff and implement American worker-protection guidelines that had been issued underneath the Trump administration.
The January 2021 rule,
which was shortly delayed after President Biden took workplace, would set up
extra sensible wage scales aimed toward discouraging U.S. employers from bypassing
American staff in favor of low-cost overseas labor.
“To make sure that
employment-based visa applications function in keeping with Congressional intent and
aren’t administered to the detriment of U.S. staff’ pursuits whereas
exploiting their overseas counterparts, FAIR helps implementation of DOL’s
remaining rule to boost wage fee ranges,” the remark reads. “Extra should be finished,
nonetheless, to enhance the effectiveness of the up to date prevailing wage charges. DOL
should require that every one wage ranges conform to the statutory requirement of
assembly or exceeding the prevailing wage and will implement further
safeguards to make sure that overseas staff aren’t exploited whereas U.S. staff
are unfairly stripped of financial alternative and top quality labor situations
in their very own nation.”
“Whether or not DOL requires employers to pay guestworkers market wages or not presents a real take a look at for President Biden and the DOL,” stated FAIR President Dan Stein in a press launch. “On one hand, the president presents himself as an advocate for American staff, and DOL’s specific function is to guard these pursuits. On the opposite, his administration has made it clear that they help a digital open borders immigration coverage. These two pursuits are at odds as DOL considers the destiny of the rule. The choice will make it completely clear which is extra essential to this administration: the roles and wages of American staff, or unchecked immigration.”
FAIR’s place on a coverage resolution like that is unambiguous – the federal authorities should facet with American staff by adopting guidelines that each eradicate incentives for employers to displace and undercut American staff, whereas guaranteeing that visitor whose providers are legitimately wanted are compensated pretty.
Keep tuned for extra updates on FAIR’s battles within the rulemaking enviornment.