Omnibus spending bill signed into law, includes important H-2B relief Email
Friday, December 18, 2015 12:00 AM


H-2B myths vs. facts

The omnibus bill passed the Senate on Friday and has been signed into law. The latest statement on this bill comes from the H-2B Workforce Coalition:

This evening, President Obama has signed into law an omnibus spending bill for fiscal year 2016 that includes important H-2B relief. The bill does the following:

• Exempts H-2B returning workers from the 66,000 annual cap;
• Addresses H-2B wages and allow the use of private wage surveys, which were not allowed under the 2015 final H-2B wage rule;
• Clearly defines seasonal as ten months, as opposed to the nine months in the new interim final H-2B comprehensive rule;
• Prevents DOL from implementing the provisions of the interim final rule related to corresponding employment and the ¾ guarantee; and
• Prevents DOL from implementing the new and burdensome DOL enforcement scheme in the IFR related to audit and the Certifying Officer (CO) assisted recruitment; and
• Allows for the staggered crossing of seafood H-2B workers.

Thanks to everyone for the continued outreach to the Hill, which made this victory possible.

Laurie, Brian and Gregg

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