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New Federalized Procedures for Obtaining Prevailing Wage Determination

Dec 17, 2009 | H-1B, PWD

Effective January 1, 2010, the Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) National Prevailing Wage and Helpdesk Center (NPWHC) in Washington, DC, will receive and process prevailing wage determination (PWD) requests for use in the H-1B, H-1B1 (Chile/Singapore), H-1C, H-2B, E-3 (Australia), and permanent labor certification programs.

On December 19, 2008, the Department published a Final Rule addressing the Labor Certification Process and Enforcement for Temporary Employment in Occupations Other Than Agriculture or Registered Nursing in the United States (H-2B Workers), and Other Technical Changes. The Final Rule implemented a federalized process for obtaining PWD requests for use in the H-2B temporary nonagricultural labor certification program directly from the Employment and Training Administration’s (ETA) appropriate National Processing Center (NPC)–which was designated as the Chicago NPC.

Furthermore, beginning on January 1, 2010, the Final Rule also federalized PWD for use in the H-1B, H-1B1 (Chile/Singapore), H-1C, E-3 (Australia), and the permanent labor certification programs.

Requestors must submit PWD requests using the Application for Prevailing Wage Determination, Form ETA-9141.

Requestors must submit PWD requests to the NPWHC by U.S. Mail or comparable physical delivery service at the following address:

U.S. Department of Labor-ETA, National Prevailing Wage and Helpdesk Center
Attn: PWD Request
1341 G Street, NW
Suite 201
Washington, DC 20005-3142

The DOL is in the process of developing an electronic means for the submission of PWD requests. Until this process is completed, all PWD requests made on and after 1/1/2010 must be submitted via hard copy to the address provided above.

In summary, State Workforce Agencies (SWAs) and the Chicago NPC are to cease processing PWD requests Received on and After January 1, 2010.  All PWD Requests on and after 1/1/2010 will be centralized and processed at the DOL Washington, D.C. office.

The one exception to this is PWD requests for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana
Islands (CNMI); the NPWHC will begin receiving and processing those effective November 28, 2009.

Source: 74 FR 63796 (Dec. 4, 2009)

Ruchi Thaker