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I am working as part of a company on US on L-1B visa since…

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I am working as part of a company on US on L-1B visa since November 2014

Lawyer's Assistant: Because employment law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?

New Jersey My L1-B visa was due to expire in Aug 2017, hence my US employer filed for L1 extension with USCIS Earlier this month, USCIS rejected the visa extension Post the rejection of extension, I have resigned from US company by giving a notice period of 3 weeks

Lawyer's Assistant: Is the employment agreement "at will," union, full time or part time?

Its at will I have the signed copy of the code of ethics that clearly mentions that my employment is at will

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

The problem is my US HR saying since I was transferred from India to US, my resignation should be governed by India company policies

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Hi Guillermo,Thanks for the prompt response. Hope you have the necessary details about my query.

Sorry for the delay. I just ask that if the news is not good that you not shoot the messenger. Shooting the messenger is either leaving a negative rating (usually reserved for rude or unprofessional experts) or not leaving a positive rating at all.

I'm not sure what you want to know. You understand that your L-1 status will terminate as soon as you leave employment?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
I understand that my L-1 status will terminate as soon as I leave the employment. My L-1B employment started in Aug-2014. I was switched to the US company's payroll in November 2014. Earlier this month, my L-1 extenstion was rejected by USCIS. Post the L-1 rejection, I have resigned from US Employer.I was based in New Jersey for the employment and my employment is at will. Since last 3 months I was working from India during US hours (while being on US Payroll). I have resigned from US employer and given a notice period of 3 weeks. My US HR is saying my resignation must be governed by my company in India.

Ok, but is your question an immigration question? And what is your worry?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Our India to US Transfer policy document clearly mentions that once I move to the payroll of US company my separation should be governed by US company and US local laws. They are trying to force me to adhere to India separation policy which demands 3 months of notice period.

Ok. But if you are at will, what penalty do they think they can impose on you if you leave after 3 weeks?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
They are not asking for a penalty they are demanding a notice period of 3 months as per India policy

But that's the question, they are demanding, but so what? What if you don't comply and leave after 3 weeks? What can they do to you? What are you afraid of?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
I have worked with my company for over 14 years and I must get an employment certificate that mentions my date of joining and last day at work. The employment certificate is not a mandatory document in USA but one of the required document in India.
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
They might not issue me an experience letter which in-turn suggest my employment with current employment was not ended in graceful manner. That's the only thing I am worried of.

Ok, it seems to me that you may need to sue them if they don't issue the certificate. They are trying to strong-arm you into staying. What does HR tell you when you show them that the agreement specifically states that your separation is supposed to be governed by the U.S. company and U.S. local laws?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
I had a call few minutes back with US HR and reminded her about the Code of Ethics policy that was signed my me which clearly indicates that my employment is at will and both parties can terminate the employment with or without cause and with or without notice period. She is saying that doesn't apply to me as I come to US for an assignment and my employment is governed by India company.
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
US HR is just directing me to India HR. Ideally I expected the US HR to take a stand in this case
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Received an response from US HR stating "India HR will come back to me with a response. This needs to be managed and closed by the India HR team"
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
We are disucssing this topic since last 3 weeks with no conclusion

The problem is that U.S. immigration will not get involved with that. If you believe that you are correct and you have the evidence to back it up, leave after three weeks and if they do not issue you the certificate that you need, then you may have to sue them to get it. If you need it from the U.S. company, you most likely will have to sue in the U.S. If you need it from the Indian company, that becomes a little more complicated. Often with employment disputes, a law suit is what is sometimes needed to force companies to comply. Unless you can clearly show that they will lose in court and waste lots of money litigating it, there really is no way to force them unless you sue. Also, sometimes companies do things contrary to policy because they want to make a statement to other employees to not mess with them. I would approach whomever is in charge of U.S. HR with your evidence. You may have to take it higher up, or as I said, you may have to sue them. At the end, that's what it may come down to if they don't want to issue you the document. I wish I had an easier solution for you, but you seem to have the proper evidence to make your case, but unless you threaten to sue or actually sue them, they may decide not to comply because perhaps even though they are wrong, it is not in their best interest to let you go.

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