Edison, NJ based IT consulting, technology and staffing company Savantis agreed on September 14, 2020 to a $345,365.16 settlement with United States Dept. of Justice, Dept. of Homeland Security, and Dept. of Labor to resolve allegations concerning violations of continuous employment and H1-B visa wage requirements.
Founded in 1999, Savantis formerly known as Vedicsoft Solutions, LLC and Vedicsoft Holdings, LLC was primarily in the H-1B staffing business.
Savantis primarily engaged in H1-B staffing business in two ways:
1) By using “Change of Employer” petition” Savantis and the H-1B worker arranged for a transfer and amendment of the H-1B worker’s status from the H-1B worker’s prior employer.
2) Petitioned H-1B workers (primarily from India) through the United States H-1B Cap lottery program.
According to the contentions made by United States DOJ, DHS and DOL:
…from January 2014 through June 2018 many of Savantis Solutions LLC’s H-1B workers were not paid the required wage in regular intervals at the required wage rate throughout their period of employment.
…Savantis failed to properly pay many of its H-1B workers in conformance with their applications to the federal government and federal regulations.
…And Savantis improperly recruited H-1B workers by requesting that they provide security deposits to Savantis prior to Savantis submitting their H-1B Cap lottery applications.
According to the agreement, Edison, NJ based IT Staffing company Savantis will pay the $345,365.16 settlement amount as restitution for back wages plus interest to employees and former employees of the company in three installments.
The initial installment payment of $115,121.72 shall be made on or before September 15, 2020.
And, the remaining two installment payments of $115,121.72 will be due on or before September 15, 2021 and September 15, 2022 respectively.
Besides paying settlement amount, according to the settlement agreement Savantis is required to hire an outside law firm to serve as a monitor to ensure ongoing and continued compliance with the relevant rules and regulations for the next three years.