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Learn more about the H-2B visa program Email
Friday, February 10, 2017 02:00 AM
H-2B action needed

H-2B basics from the H-2B Workforce Coalition:

The H-2B Program

The H-2B non-agricultural temporary worker program allows U.S. employers to bring foreign nationals to the United States to fill temporary non-agricultural jobs.

For more information about the H-2B program, see H-2B Non-Agricultural Workers

What is the H-2B Cap?

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HB-1061: Revised Definition of Commercial Motor Vehicle Email
Tuesday, February 07, 2017 02:00 AM

HB-1061, created by Colorado Motor Carriers Association and sponsored by Reps. J Becker & Melton and Senators Scott & Todd requests a change to the definition of commercial vehicles. It requests to define commercial vehicles at a weight of 16,000 pounds rather than at 10,000 pounds due to the state mandates. Why? In a nutshell: 

  • Ports of Entry requires vehicles 16,000 pounds or greater to pull in their ports.
  • Patrol and POE mobile units can now stop 10,000 pound vehicles at roadside operations for safety inspections.
  • The bill brings uniformity to the weights as they both now will be 16,000 pounds.

Below see a fact sheet prepared by Hicks & Associates, highlighting key provisions of the bill. 

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Update on the first day of CO General Assembly for 2017 Email
Monday, January 23, 2017 12:00 PM

Legislative news 

Report from Hicks & Associates on the opening day of the 71st Colorado General Assembly, which convened Wednesday, January 11, 2017.

After a short break after the seemingly never-ending election season to enjoy the holidays, the 71st Colorado General Assembly convened on Wednesday amid the usual pomp and circumstance. As is tradition, legislators old and new arrived with lots of smiling tots and other family members in tow to stand with them as they were sworn into office. Representative Crisanta Duran (D-Denver) was elected the state’s first Latina Speaker of the House. In her speech, she made note of her priority policy areas, to include transportation, education funding, and affordable housing. To that end, she also announced a construction defects bill, a bi-partisan effort that she is sponsoring with Senate President Kevin Grantham (R-Canon City) which was promptly introduced the very same day.

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2017 legislative priorities Email
Monday, January 16, 2017 02:00 AM

Legislative newsALCC has announced the 2017 legislative priorities. Read all about it here

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Cap reached for first half of 2017 for H-2B applications Email
Thursday, January 12, 2017 02:00 AM
H-2B action needed

The H-2B cap for the first half of 2017 has been reached. No applications for workers requested to start before April 1, 2017 will be accepted going forward.

The following was posted to the US Citizen & Immigration Services (USCIS) web site:

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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NALP urgent action request: EPA Restrictions on Pyrethroid Use! Email
Thursday, January 05, 2017 02:00 AM

From National Association of Landscape Professionals:

NALP is working with multiple industry stakeholders on an urgent pesticide regulation related issue, and we need your help! Currently, the EPA is evaluating whether to further restrict pyrethroid use for professionals. As you know, inappropriate regulations can significantly impact your lives and livelihood, and we need you to voice your concerns and help the EPA better understand the important role that pyrethroids serve in your ability to provide your services and protect the public.

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Calls needed by noon today in support of H-2B returning worker exemption Email
Wednesday, December 07, 2016 02:00 AM
H-2B action needed

UPDATEThe House rules committee rejected by a 4-7 vote an amendment by Rep. Andy Harris and Jared Polis (D-CO) to include an H-2B returning worker amendment in the continuing resolution after the House Appropriations Chairman suggested that this issue is controversial and needs to be addressed in the Judiciary Committee, not an appropriations bill. Reps. Polis (D-CO), Slaughter (D-NY), Hastings (D-FL) and Newhouse (R-WA) voted in favor of the amendment. Several other members support the program but suggested that the CR is not the proper bill to address the H-2B program.

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Urge your rep to sign the Harris letter and support H-2B Email
Thursday, December 01, 2016 02:00 AM
H-2B action needed

Update: See the signed letter .

Urgent call to action for today, from the H-2B Workforce Coalition: 

Please see the letter that Rep. Harris (R-MD) is circulating asking House leaders to include the returning worker exemption in the upcoming continuing resolution.  Please urge your Representative to sign into this letter to House leadership by calling now!  You can reach him or her through the Capitol switchboard at 202-225-3121. Once connected to the office, ask to speak to the person who handles the H-2B program and urge the member to sign this letter immediately. Please call, then follow up with an email to the staffer you have been working with. In order to sign the letter, staff should reach out to Tim Daniels with Rep. Andy Harris.

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Federal overtime rule blocked by US court Email
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 02:00 PM

federal overtime ruleOn Tuesday, November 23, a federal judge in Texas issued a nationwide injunction against the implementation of new federal overtime rules for so-called white collar workers. The rules, which would have impacted four million workers, were set to take effect Thursday, December 1. Attorneys general in 21 states joined forces to sue the Department of Labor to block the rule changes. A second lawsuit challenging the rule changes had also been filed by more than 50 business groups.

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Letters sent to appropriations committees about H-2B Email
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 02:00 AM
H-2B action needed

The H-2B Workforce Coalition and supporters of the H-2B visa program sent letters to the House and Senate Appropriations Committee leaders. Letters were also sent to House and Senate Republican and Democratic Leadership. The letters urge lawmakers to reinstate the H-2B returning worker exemption in the continuing resolution that is currently being drafted and slated to run through March 31.

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OSHA releases guide for compliance with silica exposure final rule Email
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 02:00 AM

Last week, OSHA issued a guide for small businesses regarding the final rule for silica dust exposure.

We are pleased to inform you that OSHA’s Small Entity Compliance Guide for Construction is now available. The guide is intended to help small business employers comply with the rule by explaining each requirement in easy-to-understand language. Enforcement of the final rule in construction is due to begin June 23, 2017.

A separate compliance guide for General Industry and Maritime will be available soon. Enforcement for general industry and maritime is due to begin on June 23, 2018.

For full details, visit www.osha.gov/silica/

Previously on the LAB:

OSHA final rule aims to curb silicosis

 

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H-2B update: Congress is back in Washington Email
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 02:00 PM
H-2B action needed

Help #SaveH-2B!

From the H-2B Workforce Coalition:

Congress returns to Washington today. After organizing for next Congress, the first order of business will be addressing federal government spending for the remainder of the fiscal year (December 9, 2016-September 30, 2017). While it is not yet clear if Congress will finish all of the spending bills or pass another short-term, IS IT ESSENTIAL THAT YOU CALL AND EMAIL YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS AND ASK THEM TO ADDRESS THE H-2B RETURNING WORKER EXEMPTION AND H-2B REGULATORY RELIEF IN ANY UPCOMING APPROPRIATIONS BILL.

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