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Firing an H-1B worker? Notify feds first

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Organizations that employ foreign workers on H-1B visas must now take an extra step when terminating them: notifying the federal government. Example: A software company hired a programmer on a H-1B visa but fired him after eight days. The employee didn't leave the United States until months later. Since the company never notified the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, the firing was never official, so the company owed the worker more than $45,000 in back pay. (Matter of Ken Technologies Inc., No. 2003-LCA-0015, 2003)

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