By: Vandana Marath
On August 3, 2020 the United States government issued an Executive Order to assess whether the US government’s practice of hiring foreign workers negatively impacts US workers, especially in areas that heavily rely on government jobs, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Heads of executive governmental departments and agencies must assess their hiring practices from fiscal years 2018 and 2019 to determine whether hiring foreign workers and offshoring projects overseas negatively impacted national security and/or opportunities for US workers. Each agency will be required to submit a report of corrective action within 120 days of the order.
Within 45 days of the order, the Secretaries of Labor and Homeland Security will take action to protect US workers from negative impacts on their wages or working conditions caused by the employment of H-1B workers.
The goal of the new Executive Order is to identify and prevent outsourcing of federal work where American workers are displaced.
Our team of experienced attorneys will closely watch the outcomes of the Executive Order and provide updated analysis as soon as more information is available.