BALCA upholds denial of Labor Certification – AUDIT: Failure to provide Recruitment Report

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

The employer filed a LC on behalf of an alien worker and in March of 2008, the CO issued an Audit Notification letter requesting among other documents, the recruitment report. The Employer complied with the request for other documents, but failed to submit the recruitment report. In May of 2008, the CO issued a letter denying certification. In October of 2008, the CO issued a letter of reconsideration in which it thoroughly reviewed the applicant’s file and still could not find the recruitment report. Accordingly, since the Employer failed to comply with the Audit (submission of the recruitment report), the denial was appropriate.

The CO then forwarded the case to BALCA. The Employer filed a Statement of Intent to Proceed with the appeal, and did not file a brief. The CO filed a letter brief arguing that its decision should be affirmed by the Board.

Upon BALCA review, regulation 20 C.F.R. § 656.17(g) controls and provides that, the employer is required to “prepare a recruitment report signed by the employer or the employer’s representative noted … describing the recruitment steps undertaken and the results achieved, the number of hires, and, if applicable, the number of U.S. workers rejected, categorized by the lawful job related reasons for such rejections.” Further, when PERM application is selected for the audit procedure, failure to provide requested documents to the CO will result in the application being denied. Here, the CO specifically identified the requested documents, and the recruitment report was not submitted. Thereafter, the Employer had the ability to make an argument on appeal, but failed to do so. Without a report, the CO could not determine whether the recruitment procedures complied with the regulations.

Accordingly, the Board had to affirm the decision of the CO in denying labor certification.