In the current economic climate, many firms are laying off workers and some are unable or unwilling to pay wages owed to these employees. In the new year, I will be blogging on this issue and will explain the effects of layoffs of US workers and/or foreign-nationals on immigration benefits. This issue is complex and our firm has seen an increase in consultations from individuals who are interested in exploring their options as a result of actually being laid off or fearing an uncertain future with a particular employer.
Regarding unpaid wages or overtime, many individuals are unaware of or fear exercising their rights to obtain unpaid wages from their former employers. Employees are entitled to payments of all wages and in the case of foreign nationals, may be entitled to the reimbursement of certain additional expenses immediately upon or shortly after termination.
It is an unfortunate that the economic reality we face forces workers and their employers to examine immigration and wage issues in greater depth as we wait for the overall situation to improve. There are sometimes options available to workers who are terminated and I recommended that you invest in a consultation with a qualified lawyer to determine what these may be. Some options require thinking outside of the box and a consultation may be just what you need to evaluate your situation and determine what your next step will be as we all navigate these murky waters.
I wish you health, happiness and prosperity this Holiday Season!