By imposing the "equal-benefits rule"(96) upon H-1B employers, the ACWIA eliminates "the financial incentive to hire under-compensated foreign temporary workers.
Finally, the "no-benching provision"(99) of the ACWIA obligates employers to pay H-1B workers the full wage stated on the H-1B petition, "even if the worker is in nonproductive status (benched)" due to the employer's decision or due to the worker's lack of the requisite job permit or license.
Despite the near-doubling of the annual quota of H-1B visas by the ACWIA, the number of available high-tech visas failed to satiate the demands of the rapidly expanding high-tech industry.
III CRITICAL EXAMINATION OF THE ACWIA & A PROPOSAL FOR NEW REFORM
133) The sponsor of the original H-1B visa bill has also stated that the purpose of the ACWIA is to "protect the competitiveness of American business in the global marketplace and improve economic and career opportunities for American citizens.
Underutilization of the H-1B Visa Program Under the ACWIA
Despite its proven usefulness, the current H-1B visa program under the ACWIA still unduly restricts American business from optimally utilizing the program in pursuit of economic competitiveness.
However, like the 1998 ACWIA, these proposals fail to offer a permanent solution and will inevitably lead to another visa cap crisis in the future.
Despite some improvements to the H-1B program, the ACWIA only provides temporary stopgap solutions for the protection of American competitiveness and the domestic workforce.
Even after nearly doubling the H-1B visa quota under the ACWIA, the H-1B visa cap was nevertheless reached in June 1999.