BALCA upholds denial of Labor Certification – Notice of Filing failed to provide “Rate of Pay”

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 “Computer Software Engineer, Applications.”

The employer filed a LC on behalf of an alien worker and in June of 2007, thereafter the CO issued an Audit Notification letter requesting among other documents, its Notice of Filing. The Employer complied with the request; however the Notice of Filing failed to provide the rate of pay for the proffered position. In March of 2008, the CO issued a letter denying certification. In April of 2008, the Employer submitted an appeal to the Board, but failed to provide any argument as to the failure to provide the rate of pay. The CO issued a letter of reconsideration affirming the denial and provided that the grounds for denial were valid because of a violation of 20 C.F.R. § 656.10(d)(4), which requires that the Notice of Filing provide a rate of pay.

The CO then forwarded the case to BALCA. The Employer filed a Statement of Intent to Proceed, but did not file an appellate 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. § 656.10(d)(4) controls and provides that the Notice of Filing “must state the rate of pay (which much equal or exceed the prevailing wage entered by the SWA on the prevailing wage request form).” The purpose of the Notice of Filing is to implement the statutory requirement provided by Section 122(b) of the Immigration Act of 1990, which provides that “any person may submit documentary evidence bearing on the application for certification (such as information on available workers, information on wages and working conditions, and information on the employer’s failure to meet the terms and conditions with respect to the employment of alien workers and co-workers).” Here, the Employer’s Notice of Filing failed to provide the rate of pay and the Employer failed to provide any explanation as to its omission. The Board further provided that a failure to list the rate of pay wage in the Notice of Filing constitutes grounds for denial of certification.

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