Latest on H-2B 6/28/18 Email
Written by Cherie Courtade   
Friday, June 29, 2018 12:00 AM
DOL Appropriations
Yesterday, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed its spending bill for the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and Education.  The bill continues the following provisions for last year's Omnibus Appropriations bill:  
  • Section 111. The bill continues a provision that provides flexibility with respect to the crossing of H-2B nonimmigrants working in seafood;
  • Section 112. The bill continues a provision related to the wage methodology under the H-2B program; and
  • Section 113. The bill continues a provision regarding the three- fourths guarantee and definitions of corresponding employment and temporary need for purposes of the H-2B program.  

The House Appropriations Committee postponed a planned markup of its version of the bill.  That bill includes only the provision related to the staggered crossing of seafood workers. The H-2B Workforce Coalition will continue to advocate for the inclusion of all of the Senate measures in a final appropriations bill.

DHS Appropriations
We expect the House Appropriations Committee to take up its funding measure for the Department of Homeland Security later this month.  The H-2B Workforce Coalition continues to lobby of meaningful and permanent cap relief to in included in that legislation.
DOL Processing Procedures
DOL plans to publish a Federal Register notice on Monday related to H-2B processing. Beginning 7/3/18, DOL will log filings by the millisecond, using Eastern time for deadlines, and assign cases to analysts in the order they are received.