BALCA Says Wall Street Journal Is Not a Professional Journal

The Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals (BALCA) recently affirmed the final determination of a Certifying Officer (CO) denying labor certification for an alien worker for the position of “Personal Finance Advisor.”

After receiving the Employer’s Application, the CO issued an Audit Notification. After receiving the audit response, the CO denied certification citing the fact that the journal the Employer used to advertised the position did not qualify as a professional journal and therefore did not satisfy the regulation. In the request for review, the Employer’s representative argued that the advertisement of the position in The Wall Street Journal did qualify as a professional journal. The case was forwarded to BALCA and the Employer filed a State of Intent to Proceed on June 24, 2010.

PERM regulation 20 C.F.R. § 656.17(e)(1)(B)(4) controls and it provides that if the position being offered requires experience and an advanced degree, a professional journal must be used to advertise the job.

In the instant case, the Employer tried to argue that The Wall Street Journal is a leading business journal; however BALCA found that it was in fact a widely read and respected newspaper – a newspaper and not a professional journal. Therefore, the Employer did not fulfill the requirement set by the PERM regulations to advertise in a professional journal.

Accordingly, the Board affirmed the decision of the CO in denying labor certification.