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United States Court of International Trade
HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICE
The Clerk's Office is open from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. The Court is closed on the following federal holidays: New Year's Day, Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans' Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
The United States Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), mandates that all federal government agencies in the continental United States comply with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (RCA) which states that federal government agencies must hire only United States citizens and legal aliens who are authorized to work in the United States. All individuals including those appointed by a judiciary office must complete the Employment Eligibility Verification Form (Form I-9) certifying their eligibility to work in the United States. This includes unpaid volunteers and interns.
In addition, current appropriations law prohibits the use of appropriated funds to pay the compensation of any employee of the U.S. federal government where the duty location is in the continental U.S. unless such person:
1. is a U.S. citizen;
2. is a person who owes allegiance to the U.S. (i.e. nationals of American Samoa, Swains Island, and the Northern Mariana Islands, and nationals who meet other requirements described in 8 U.S.C. 1408);
3. is a person admitted as a refugee or granted asylum who has filed a declaration of intention to become a lawful permanent resident and then a citizen when eligible; or
4. is a lawful permanent resident who is seeking citizenship as outlined in 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3)(B).
To comply with requirement No. 4 above, an individual must be a lawful permanent resident (have a green card) and apply for citizenship within a short time of first becoming eligible to do so. An individual is not eligible to apply for citizenship until he or she has been a permanent resident for at least five years (three years if seeking naturalization as a spouse of a citizen). When that occurs, he or she must apply for citizenship within six months of becoming eligible and must complete the process within two years of applying (unless there is a delay caused by the processors of the application). NOTE: A lawful permanent resident who is not yet eligible to apply for citizenship at the start of judicial employment may lawfully be employed by the judiciary, provided that he or she submits an affidavit indicating the intent to apply for citizenship when eligible to do so.
The appropriations law requirements apply to anyone appointed into a paid position within the judiciary in the continental U.S. The appropriations law requirements do not apply to employees with a duty station in Alaska, Hawaii, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Guam, or the Northern Mariana Island, nor do the requirements apply to unpaid volunteers.
BACKGROUND CHECKS AND INVESTIGATIONS
It is the policy of the Court that all new employees and volunteers (including interns, externs, work-study students and work-training individuals) must undergo a background check or investigation.
All court employees are at-will employees in the Excepted Service. At-will employment refers to an employment relationship which has no specific duration, and which may be terminated at will by either an employer or an employee, with or without cause.
For more information about compensation, go to http://www.uscourts.gov/Careers/Compensation.aspx
ELECTRONIC FUND TRANSFER
Effective January 1, 1995, the Federal Financial Reform Act requires direct deposit or electronic fund transfer (EFT) of net salary for all judiciary employees.
Eligibility for certain benefits depend on the appointment type. Benefits include annual leave, sick leave, paid holidays, health care programs (such as health insurance, dental and vision insurance, and health care reimbursement accounts), financial security (such as the Thrift Savings Plan, Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), life insurance, and long-term care insurance), Employee Assistance programs and a Commuter Benefit Program, to name a few.
For more information about benefits, go to HTTP://WWW.USCOURTS/CAREERS/BENEFITFORLIFE.ASPX
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
The United States Court of International Trade is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.
Last modified March 27, 2013