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Harmful Amendments Defeated, H-2B Cap Relief Still Elusive (9-7-17) Email
Thursday, September 07, 2017 12:00 AM

 

H-2B update

Please Help #SaveH2B: Harmful Amendments Defeated, H-2B Cap Relief Still Elusive

 Current Status of H-2B Efforts 

This is a very busy week in Congress and a crucial one in our fight to preserve the H-2B program. Earlier today, the Senate passed a Hurricane Harvey relief package that also raises the debt ceiling and continues existing government funding through December 8. The House is expected to pass the measure shortly. Under this legislation, the existing provisions of law related to H-2B wage surveys, staggered crossing for seafood workers, prohibitions on DOL enforcement of the H-2B corresponding employment and ¾ guarantee regulatory requirements and a 10-month season will be continued through December 8, but the Homeland Security Secretary’s authority to increase H-2B visas is still set to expire on October 1. 

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Justice Department will not appeal decision to end federal overtime rule change Email
Wednesday, September 06, 2017 12:00 AM

 

The Department of Justice has struck down the final rule "Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales and Computer Employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act" published in 2016. The rule would have extended overtime pay for an estimated four million American workers by nearly doubling the annual salary threshold of eligibility.

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Urgent H-2B support needed (August 25, 2017) Email
Friday, August 25, 2017 12:00 AM

 

H-2B update

Congress is on recess through Labor Day and shortly after returning to Washington, lawmakers will take up fiscal 2018 spending bills for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other federal agencies. We urgently need your help to get H-2B cap relief included in the spending bill.  Cap relief was not included in the DHS appropriations bill passed by the House Appropriations Committee earlier this summer. We need it included in the manager’s (chairmen’s) amendment to the bill before the bill comes to the House floor for a vote.

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H-2B action needed during Congressional recess (August 2017) Email
Wednesday, August 09, 2017 12:00 AM

 

H-2B update

Congress is on recess through Labor Day. Please use this month to reach out to your lawmakers while they are home from Washington. Consider attending a town hall meeting or making an appointment to see your Senators and Representative in their in-state offices.  Please continue to stress the need for permanent H-2B cap relief.

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USCIS issues release about H-2B program Email
Monday, July 17, 2017 12:00 AM

 

H-2B update

WASHINGTON — U.S. businesses in danger of suffering irreparable harm due to a lack of available temporary nonagricultural workers will be able to hire up to 15,000 additional temporary nonagricultural workers under the H-2B program under a final rule that the Departments of Homeland Security and Labor submitted to the Federal Register today. To qualify for the additional visas, petitioners must attest, under penalty of perjury, that their business is likely to suffer irreparable harm if it cannot employ H-2B nonimmigrant workers during fiscal year (FY) 2017.

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