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Important announcement regarding the H-2B program Email
Wednesday, January 06, 2016 12:00 AM


H-2B myths vs. facts

The following was posted today on the US Department of Labor Web site regarding the H-2B visa program:

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING THE H-2B PROGRAM 
(OMB Approval of Revisions to Appendix B of Form ETA-9142B and Form ETA-9165 in order to Implement Provisions of 2016 DOL Appropriations Act)

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Dept of Labor issues emergency guidance for 2016 DOL Appropriations Act Email
Tuesday, January 05, 2016 12:00 AM


H-2B myths vs. facts

The US Department of Labor issued emergency guidance on implementing the 2016 DOL Appropriations Act. Download the guidance at this link.

According to the guidance:

1) DOL will not approve PWDs based on wage surveys until a notice of action is issued by the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

2) DOL will not issue final certification determinations until OMB approves changes to the form. Until a new form is approved, employers may continue to use the old form.

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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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The H-2B Program: Myths Vs. Facts Email
Friday, December 18, 2015 12:00 AM


H-2B myths vs. factsThe following fact sheet has been released by the H-2B Workforce Coalition. You can download the full fact sheet here.

The H-2B Program: Myths Vs. Facts

Do H-2B workers take jobs away from Americans?
No, H-2B workers actually support American jobs and the U.S. economy. The H-2B program provides an opportunity for seasonal businesses to operate at a greater capacity, retain their full-time workers and contribute to their local economies. Seasonal workers help support many upstream and downstream jobs. Every H-2B worker is estimated to create and sustain 4.64 American jobs, according to an American Enterprise Institute study, Immigration and American Jobs. If the H-2B program did not exist, many seasonal businesses would go out of business. Those that could survive would operate at a lower capacity. These companies would also purchase fewer vehicles, computers, office supplies, seed, fertilizer, machinery and other items. Sadly, this economic reality has been realized time and time again by numerous businesses who were unable to find American workers to take seasonal jobs and who were unable to hire H-2B workers due to the limiting 66,000 annual cap on the number of H-2B workers admitted into the United States.

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H-2B under assault - please call Congress today Email
Thursday, December 17, 2015 09:30 AM

H-2B legislation update

We received the following urgent call to action this morning from the H-2B Workforce Coalition:

The H-2B provisions in the omnibus appropriations bill are drawing the fire of anti- immigration groups, especially the returning worker exemption. Senator Sessions (R-AL), Rep. King (R-IA) and others have been speaking against the H-2B program on the Senate and House floors and in the media. Rep. King offered an amendment to strip the H-2B provisions from the bill. Luckily, under the rules set for debating the bill, he will not be able to offer the amendment. Please call your two Senators and Member of Congress today and express support for the H-2B provisions in the appropriations bill.  You can reach them through the Capitol switchboard at 202-225-3121. [Contact info for Colorado representatives can be found here .]

Please see below a positive statement that was released from House Majority Whip Scalise and well as links to the various press stories.

We need your help ASAP!

Thanks.

Laurie, Brian and Gregg

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