DOL Prevailing Wage Determinations Trickling In

At the Murthy Law Firm, we continue to receive inquiries as to the current status of the delays in prevailing wage determinations (PWDs) at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). As of this writing, the DOL has made no new announcements; in particular, there has been no word as to whether the DOL is at full capacity in the processing of PWDs needed in connection with PERM labor certifications. Our firm has seen a few PWDs issued in the past week. We have obtained confirmation from our colleagues that they are witnessing a slow trickle, as well.

PWDs Arriving Slowly Since Late August 2011

The processing of PWD requests has resumed, following the DOL’s complete cessation of PWD issuance discussed in our August 15, 2011 NewsBrief, DOL Not Issuing Prevailing Wages: PERM Delays. One of these PWDs reached our offices on August 24th and others in the days following. The volume of such PWDs continues to be fairly low, and the DOL remains quiet on the matter of backlogged requests. PWD requests currently received at the Murthy Law Firm are being processed from mid-June 2011. As reported previously, the delays do not impact the DOL’s ability to process PERM labor certifications that have already been filed.

Future Updates on PWDs

PWDs are a vital part of the PERM LC process, and we are watching this matter closely. MurthyDotCom and MurthyBulletin readers will be advised if the DOL issues any further announcements, or if we identify significant changes in the processing of PWDs submitted on behalf of our clients.

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