H2B update: H-2B provisions in approved omnibus bill Email
Written by John McMahon   
Monday, December 28, 2020 12:00 AM

H-2B updatSunday evening, President Trump signed the omnibus appropriations/COVID-19 stimulus bill.  As you know, the bill includes the current provisions of law related to the H-2B program.  Specifically, the bill:

        • Provides authority for the Department of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Department of Labor, to increase the H-2B cap for Fiscal 2021 by up to approximately 69,000 visas if it determines that the needs of seasonal businesses cannot be met with U.S. workers;
        • Provides for staggered crossing for seafood workers;
        • Provides for the use of private wage surveys;
        • Prohibits DOL from enforcing the corresponding employment and ¾ guarantee provisions of its H-2B regulations;
        • Provides for a maximum season of up to 10 months, as opposed the 9-months in current DOL regulations.

Thanks to everyone who weighed in with their lawmakers in support of these provisions