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September 14, 2018 09:20
U.S. Firm Fined for Underpaying H-1B Visa Employees

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A Redmond-based information technology staffing company was asked to pay more than $300,000 to its 12 H-1B employees for paying them far below their salary. The tech firm has likewise been fined over $45,000 for violating the labor provisions.

The United States Department of Labour Wage and Hour Division (WHD) during a probe found the company, which has offices in Hyderabad and Bengaluru, violated the labor provisions of the H-1B visa programme by paying its guest workers far below the needed wages, a media release said on Thursday.

Consequently, People Tech Group Inc has been asked to pay its 12 employees $309,914 and has been slapped with a penalty of $45,564, it said.

Investigators found that the company paid entry-level wages to H-1B computer analysts and computer programmers who performed the work of much more experienced employees and should have received higher frequent rates, the Department of Labour said.

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The People Tech Group as well failed to pay workers for the time when it did not render them work, as the law requires, the department said.

"The intent of the H-1B foreign labor certification program is to help American companies find the highly skilled talent they need when they can prove that a shortage of the U.S. workers exists," said Wage and Hour Division Acting District Director Carrie Aguilar in Seattle.

"The resolution of this case demonstrates our commitment to safeguarding American jobs, level the playing field for law-abiding employers, and ensure no one is being paid less than they are legally owed," Aguilar said.

The Wage and Hour Division has listed about 30 companies as willful violator employers under the H-1B programme.

According to a list maintained since 2013, a bulk of willful violators are Indian Americans or companies owned by them. At least 10 companies, which includes eight willful violators, have been disqualified or debarred from hiring foreign guest workers on H-1B visas.

By Sowmya Sangam

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