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The latest ALCC news, including Colorado Green NOW articles, legislative updates, and programming announcements. 

H-2B penalties increased for inflation Email
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 02:00 AM

H-2B program updateU.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) (collectively, “the Departments”) have jointly issuing a final rule, posted on the Federal Register on Friday, March 17, 2017, to adjust for inflation the civil monetary penalties for H-2B program violtations. The rule would bring the penalties up to 2017 standards and would be effective on any penalties assessed on or after March 17, 2017.

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Support H-2B with a video to your representatives Email
Friday, March 17, 2017 12:15 PM

H-2B program updateFrom the H-2B Workforce Coalition:

Important H-2B Twitter a Campaign – Your Videos are Needed!

Tweet a video to your Senators and Representative using#SaveH2B. You can find their twitter addresses at: Find your Colorado reps on this form

We hope that all H-2B users will use their mobile phones to create a 30-60 second video urging Congress to address the H-2B Cap. Please tweet the videos directly to your lawmakers and include #saveH2B. The H-2B Workforce Coalition will also share some of the videos on our Facebook page. Please include the following information in your video: 

H-2B cap hit for 2nd half of FY 2017 Email
Friday, March 17, 2017 02:00 AM

H-2B program updateFrom the H-2B Workforce Coalition:

H-2B Cap Hit! Act Now to #SaveH2B

This evening, the Department of Homeland Security announced that the 33,000 H-2B cap for the second half of fiscal 2017 was reached on March 13. According to DHS, March 13, 2017 is the "final receipt date" for H-2B worker petitions for fiscal year 2017. The "final receipt date" is the date on which USCIS determines that it has received enough cap-subject petitions to reach the annual limit of 66,000 H-2B workers. The following petitions are exempt from the cap:

  • Current H-2B workers in the U.S. petitioning to extend their stay and, if applicable, change the terms of their employment or change their employers;
  • Fish roe processors, fish roe technicians and/or supervisors of fish roe processing; and
  • Workers performing labor or services from November 28, 2009, until December 31, 2019, in the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands and/or Guam.

What Can You Do?
This is a long list but we hope all H-2B employers will do each of the items below
to help compel quick Congressional action!

H-2B fly-in postponed (3/13/17) Email
Monday, March 13, 2017 02:00 AM

H-2B program updateUPDATE: The H-2B fly-in schedule for March 14 has been rescheduled to Tuesday, March 21 due to expected severe weather in Washington, DC. The Facebook event page is the best place to visit for the most up-to-date information.

Practical Employee Solutions (PES) has organized a fly-in to support the H-2B visa program. Supporters will spend the day meeting with legislators to discuss concerns about the program.

PES has created a Facebook event page to share information about the fly-in. Participants are asked to RSVP to [email protected].

ALCC members participating in this event can contact ALCC at 303 757-5611 if you would like help setting appointments with your representatives.

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H-2B visa program updated cap count (3-9-17) Email
Thursday, March 09, 2017 04:00 PM
H-2B action needed

Update from the H-2B Workforce Coalition:

Fiscal Year 2017 H-2B Cap Count

On January 12, 2017, USCIS announced that it has received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the congressionally mandated cap of 33,000 H-2B workers for the first half of FY 2017. January 10, 2017 is the final receipt date for new cap-subject H-2B worker petitions requesting employment start dates before April 1, 2017. USCIS will reject new H-2B petitions received after the final receipt date that request an employment start date before April 1, 2017.

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