Recently, a New York employer advertised and began receiving applications for an open chemistry teacher position. The job requirements listed on the ETA Form 9089 required a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Chemistry, Science or related field, and New York State Certification. Two U.S. applicants met all of the requirements, but the employer rejected their applications because they did not have a New York Certification in chemistry. The employer argued that a reasonable applicant would understand that a certificate in chemistry was required. When the employer applied for a Permanent Employment Certification, which would allow it to have a foreign worker perform the job, the DOL rejected the employer’s application. The DOL rejected it because the ETA Form only required a certification and not a certification in chemistry. The lesson? Be very specific with your job requirements and don’t assume anything is obvious.