The LaborLess Blog

Immigration Tech Is Booming, And I’m Betting My Career on Electronic LCA Posting

January 28, 2019

In the past four years, there has been more growth, investment and exits in the immigration tech space than in the 20 before that. Yet there is very little coverage on immigration tech, or ImmiTech as I like to call it. So I decided to write about it myself.

I've been following the ImmiTech space since 2014, and...read more

 

Can the H-1B Pre-Registration System Impact the LCA?

December 30, 2018

On December 3, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a proposed rule that could change the way the H-1B cap lottery system will work.

The USCIS proposal creates an online system that will require employers to register their intent to hire a specific H-1B worker. It’ll be free to use, and employers will need to provide only basic, mostly biographic, information. Once USCIS receives enough registrations...read more

 

The Frustrating Reason H-1B Employers Resist Electronic LCA Posting and Public Access Files

September 11, 2018

I knew selling immigration compliance software wouldn’t be easy. Even as an immigration lawyer with sales and tech experience I’d have to find my rhythm.

I do my homework when I pitch, too. I know how many LCAs each H-1B employer I talk to filed over the last 10 years. I know whether or not they get overwhelmed during H-1B cap season based on LCA volume from January through March. I’m ready for almost every question, and if I don’t have an answer, I always follow up with one.

And even when an employer decides that LaborLess isn’t right for them, I learn. I learn about how corporate timelines, department budgets and in-flight projects impact decisions.

But there’s one reason why H-1B employer resist automating their paper LCA posting...read more

 

Top Two Reasons Your LCA Compliance Process is Inefficient

August 14, 2018

It’s 2018. We’ve got on-demand taxis, drone delivery services and even an “Iron Man” suit that lets you fly.

And many of the companies that make these incredible products and services possible hire hundreds, if not thousands, of foreign born workers. For example, according to 2017 US Department of Labor data, Lyft submitted 121 Labor Condition Applications (LCAs), Uber Technologies submitted 732 LCAs, and Amazon, across its many subsidiaries, submitted a whopping 5,000+ LCAs for H-1B or E-3 workers.

Yet LCA compliance - posting LCA notices and creating and maintaining Public Access Files (PAFs) for H-1B and E-3 workers - is still done on paper...read more

 

DOL Listens to Comments on Proposed LCA Changes

July 26, 2018

On August 3, 2017, the US Department of Labor (DOL) issued proposed changes to Form ETA 9035, also known as the Labor Condition Application (LCA). The proposal came in response to President Trump’s April 18, 2017 executive order entitled “Buy American, Hire American.” The proposed changes are aimed at H-1B and E-3 employers, requirement them to provide even more detailed information regarding the placement and qualification of their H-1B and E-3 employees.

Here were the three major changes to the LCA proposed by the DOL...read more

 

48% Of LCAs Filed During H-1B Cap Season - Where’s The Automation?

April 26, 2018

"Cap season,” the H-1B visa equivalent of “tax season,” is anything but fun for immigration attorneys and in-house immigration specialists across the U.S. We do all we can to streamline the process: divide work based on service center, alphabetize FedEx packages, hire seasonal help, and so on.

But we often overlook all the LCAs and public access files that are very much part and parcel the H-1B process...read more

 

The 3 Biggest Electronic LCA Posting Mistakes Employers are Making

April 10, 2018

In 2010, 342,575 LCAs were submitted to the Department of Labor (DOL). In 2017, that number soared to 589,141, nearly doubling in size. During the same period of time, more and more employers started to post LCAs online pursuant to 20 CFR 655.734, which allows electronic posting in lieu of physical posting.

At LaborLess, we’re really excited about electronic LCA posting, so as we were diving deep into our research...read more

 

Electronic LCA Posting - Three Easy Ways To Get Started

March 14, 2018

if you’ve ever hired an H-1B, H-1B1 or E-3 worker, you’ve probably had to deal with the headache of posting a Labor Condition Application (LCA) at some point: print two copies of LCA, post it at the right work location, monitor the posting, take it down, document the posting dates. Sure it’s been the standard practice for many years, but it’s also time consuming, expensive and hard to track. Which begs the question - can it be done better?

We think it can and we’ll tell you how you can get started...read more