Digging Deeper:

Limited role for U.S. Department of Labor



The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) does not have any statutory or regulatory role with respect to workers who hold B-1 visas.  Since these employers are not required to conduct any labor certification test, USDOL plays no role in the process.  B-1 workers could file an administrative complaint with USDOL about unpaid wages under the federal wage law (Fair Labor Standards Act).133 However, because USDOL does not always inquire about the complaining workers’ immigration status, it is difficult to track the extent of complaints filed by B-1 workers specifically. 

  • 133. 29 U.S.C. §§ 201, et seq.