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Overview of the Department of Labors Proposed PERM Regulations

October 01, 2002

By Paul Hastings Professional

This past spring, the Department of Labor issued proposed regulations which seek to overhaul and streamline the labor certification process. While the proposed regulations envision a system which would improve processing times and eliminate bureaucratic waste by reducing the role of the State Workforce Agencies, the proposed regulations also severely limit the type of experience which can be required in connection with a labor certification and increase the burden on the employer company. In addition, the proposals contain new prevailing wage guidelines which would impact the H-1B program as well as the labor certification program.