By: Bruce E. Buchanan, Sebelist Buchanan Law

An investigation by U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division determined Alvarado Landscaping failed to pay temporary foreign workers, under the H-2B visa program, for their international transportation/meal expenses from their home country. This is a federal requirement for H-2B visas. Thus, Alvarado Landscaping agreed to pay 12 temporary employees $36,179 in back wages for violations of the H-2B Visa program. The company also agreed to pay $40,000 in civil money penalties.
Additionally, it was determined Alvarado Landscaping violated the H-2B program when it:
  • Paid H-2B workers overtime hours in cash at a rate less than the required wage;
  • Took impermissible deductions from workers’ pay to cover their housing; and
  • Provided investigators with inaccurate time and pay records.
If you need assistance with your company’s immigration compliance issues, I recommend you read The I-9 and E-Verify Handbook, a book I co-authored with Greg Siskind, and available at http://www.amazon.com/dp/0997083379.