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Filipina Domestic Helper in US Sues Employers for Unpaid Wages

A Filipina who claims to have been unpaid of her wages and overtime work worth over $75,000 is suing her employers in New York. Maria Elena Bolocon made the claim against Aldo and Aurora Sermoneta who employed her as nanny and housekeeper. The couple reportedly owns the Sermoneta Gloves Shop on Madison Avenue in Manhattan and brought Bolocon to the United States from Italy under B-1 business visa. Upon arrival in the United States, the Sermonetas made a promise to pay her $15 an hour and $23 per hour overtime rate. But…

Filipino-Owned Silicon Valley Care Facility Charged with Wage Theft

A Filipino-owned Silcon Valley care provider has been sued by the US Department of Labor for gross violation of labor regulations. The lawsuit was filed by the department's Solicitor’s Office at U.S. District Court in Northern California against San Miguel Homes for the Elderly, LLC, which operate three elderly residential care facilities in Union City. The decision was made after efforts to reach a settlement between its properietors and workers failed. Precilla San Miguel and her two sons, Teofilo Cris Sanque and Ryan…

Los Angeles Approves $15 Minimum Wage

The second-largest city in the United States on Tuesday voted to increase its minimum wage from $9 an hour to $15 an hour by 2020. The City Council of Los Angeles passed the wage hike in 14-1 vote, joining the ranks of San Francisco, Seattle and Chicago to have approved the minimum-wage increases. The vote applies to companies with 25 employees or more, with smaller companies given one extra year to bring wages to the mandated level. The impact is likely a significant one in Los Angeles, where, according to some estimates,…

How to Apply for US H1B Visa

The United States grants H1B visa that allows people from other countries to work there. Commonly known as working visa, H1B can be granted to temporary workers. To obtain a H1B visa, an employer must offer the job to the candidate, and apply for the visa in the Immigration Department. Employers file a petition, known as work permit, that allows workers to obtain visa stamp and work in the USA. Eligibility To qualify for a H1B visa, applicants must fulfill certain requirements: A successful relationship with their US…

Why Both Immigrant Husband and Wife Need to Work in America

They say dreams come true in America. It is the land of opportunities. America, or the US, is one of the biggest countries in the world, and one with the highest number of migrants / expats. People migrate to America in search for a new life, a new beginning, opportunity. Filipinos are no exception to the rule. They too try to make a better living and make their dreams come true. The migrant worker life is the ultimate sacrifice people can make. Sometimes, workers leave their whole family behind them, and sometimes, the…