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When advertising for a professional occupation, must the required steps be different?

When advertising for a professional occupation, must the required steps, i.e., the job order, the two print advertisements, and the three additional recruitment steps be different?

According to the Labor Department:

Generally, all the required steps must be different. Steps can not be duplicated nor can one step be used to satisfy two requirements, except in the case of copies of web pages generated in conjunction with the newspaper advertisements which can serve as documentation of the use of a web site other than the employers. For example, the employer can not count two advertisements in a local and/or ethnic newspaper, or two postings on a web site, as two steps. Similarly, the employer can not use a professional journal in lieu of a second Sunday newspaper advertisement and then count it again as an additional "trade or professional organizations" recruitment step, or count the job order again as an additional "web site other than the employer's" step.

What standards will be used in making labor certification determinations under the new, streamlined system?

According to the Labor Department:

The standards used in making labor certification determinations under the new system will be substantially the same as those used in arriving at a determination in the former system. The determination will continue to be based on:
  • whether there are not sufficient United States workers who are able, willing, qualified and available;
  • whether the employment of the alien will have an adverse effect on the wages and working conditions of United States workers similarly employed;
  • and whether the employer has met the procedural requirements of the regulations.

PERM FAQs

PERM Frequently Asked Questions. This section lists some of the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding PERM.

BALCA rules that an employer must state at the BEGINNING of the LABOR CERTIFICATION process if it has MULTIPLE OPENINGS.

On 10/17/06, the U.S. Department of Labor's Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals (BALCA) issued a ruling in a case, Matter of Custom Landscape Construction, Case No. 2005-INA-181 (10/17/06), in which it addressed the circumstances under which an employer can claim that it actually had MULTIPLE OPENINGS.

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