Newark-based PERI Software Solutions has been cited for underpaying foreign computer analysts who came to the United States under the government’s H-1B visa program. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, that violated the Immigration and Nationality Act.
The amount of the alleged underpayment to 163 employees: $1,456,422.
The H-1B visa program allows employers to bring in highly skilled technical workers to fill jobs for which no Americans are available. Employers agree to pay the workers the prevailing wage for their specialty in exchange for each of the limited H-1B visa slots.
The DOL says PERI’s violations were willful and issued a $439,000 fine in addition to the back wages. The company could be barred from participating in the H-1B program for two years.
Note: For information on H-1B visa employees, visit www.dol.gov/whd.