Please Help #SaveH2B 7-14-17 Email
Friday, July 14, 2017 02:00 AM


H-2B updateCurrent status
An interim final rule to increase the number of H-2B visas is reportedly being reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget.  We are hopeful that this regulation will be issued shortly.
In late June, a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spokesperson announced that Secretary John Kelly would soon expand the number of H-2B visas available this fiscal year, as is authorized under the fiscal 2017 Consolidated Appropriations Act. DHS spokesperson David Lapan qualified the statement, however, by stating that Secretary Kelly would make a small number of visas available in late July to a limited number of businesses that would be "severely harmed" without an immediate influx of H-2B workers.
Collins, King Again Call on Administration to Approve Additional Seasonal H-2B Visas Email
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 02:00 AM


H-2B updateWASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King have signed onto a bipartisan letter led by Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly urging him to use the authority provided by Congress to lift the cap on seasonal H-2B visas that employers rely on to fill summer jobs. In the letter, the senators expressed their concern about reports that visas may not be approved in time for peak tourist season.

NALP to host conference call on EPA pyrethroid review Email
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 02:00 AM

National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) has issued a call-to-action to protect landscape professionals from restrictions regarding pyrethroid use:

Update on EPA's Pyrethroid Review - Call Tomorrow

As you know, pyrethroids play an important role in lawn care and landscape management, but the use of these products could be severely restricted as part of EPA’s review of this class of chemistry.

DHS may approve additional H-2B visas soon Email
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 02:00 AM


H-2B update

Please see the article below from the Washington Times, regarding an announcement today by Homeland Security Secretary Kelly that DHS will approve a limited number of H-2B visas soon. We do not have any information beyond these press reports but will watch the situation and report any details as we learn them.

H-2B Workforce Coalition releases survey results Email
Monday, June 19, 2017 02:00 AM


H-2B updateThanks very much to everyone who took the time to respond to the H-2B Workforce Coalition survey on the impact of the H-2B cap on seasonal businesses. The message below was just sent to DHS. Please continue your outreach to and tweets at DHS:

On behalf of the H-2B Workforce Coalition, we appreciate DHS holding the May 25 H-2B listening session on H-2B visas.  During the listening session, DHS heard from many small and seasonal businesses that the lack of H-2B workers is causing direct harm to their companies and their American workers. These impacts were confirmed in a June 2017 H-2B Workforce Coalition survey of 715 seasonal businesses in 45 states. The survey found that:

Pyrethroid use by landscape pros is at risk Email
Thursday, June 15, 2017 03:00 PM

National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) has issued a call-to-action to protect landscape professionals from restrictions regarding pyrethroid use:

Action Needed: Save Pyrethroids from Extreme Mitigation

Pyrethroids are under threat and we need landscape professionals to lend their voice in support of common sense regulations. Currently the EPA is evaluating whether to further restrict pyrethroid use by landscape professionals. As you know, inappropriate regulations can significantly impact your lives and livelihood, and we need you to help the EPA better understand the important role that pyrethroids serve in your ability to provide your services and protect the public. Any new and onerous requirements placed on these products are sure to have a negative impact on your bottom line and your ability to provide your customers with service using products that have been proven to be safe and effective.

If you don't participate in the below grassroots campaign and have your voice heard, onerous risk mitigation measures that may limit the way these products can be used are a real possibility. Together, let's ensure that as professionals we preserve opportunities that ensure choice when it comes to determining the right tools necessary to do our jobs.

With a just few clicks, you can educate the EPA on the benefits of pyrethroids for protecting public health and property. With your help, we can affect the outcome and save these products!

Click Here: Save Pyrethroids From Extreme Risk Mitigation!

NALP: "DHS Secretary Comments Cloud H-2B Cap-Relief" Email
Thursday, June 15, 2017 02:00 AM

Read NALP's recap of DHS Secretary's comments about H-2B cap relief: 

Last week, during the House Homeland Security Committee hearing on DHS Reauthorization and the FY 2018 Budget Request, Representative William Keating (D-MA-09) asked Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly about H2-B cap relief. Rep. Keating noted the several proposed cuts to DHS programs in the White House’s budget request and said that the delay in filling needed job positions is costing America revenue that could be filling the proposed cuts in the budget....

Read the full report at NALP's blog.

H-2B calls needed to legislators 5-8-17 Email
Monday, May 08, 2017 05:00 PM

As you know, President Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017 into law on Friday. The law allows the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of Labor, to approve additional H-2B visas. The President signing the law was a wonderful first step, but we now need to convince DHS to quickly implement this provision of law and immediately resume H-2B processing. We need your help.

Free webinar regarding H-2B prevailing wage requests Email
Monday, May 08, 2017 02:00 AM

The US Department of Labor's Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) issued the following announcement last week: 

Webinar Announcement: Employer Filing Tips and Best Practices for Preparing and Submitting H-2B Prevailing Wage Requests
As part of the Office of Foreign Labor Certification's (OFLC) on-going efforts to increase public engagement, the OFLC will host webinar on Thursday, May 18, 2017 designed to educate stakeholders, program users, and other interested members of the public on recent program workload trends, common deficiencies and best practices associated with employer request for H-2B prevailing wage determinations (PWDs).

H-2B update 5-2-17 Email
Tuesday, May 02, 2017 05:00 PM

Late yesterday, Congress reached a bipartisan agreement on a bill to fund the federal government through September 30, 2017. Thanks to a massive effort from everyone in the H-2B community, the bill contains limited H-2B cap relief. As you recall, ALCC participated in last week's H-2B Advocacy Day in DC-earning a 
mention from National Association of Landscape Professionals for our efforts. We are proud of the work we've done but recognize that there is still more work to do to create meaningful H-2B reform.

H-2B coalition statement on cap relief in FY2017 budget proposal Email
Monday, May 01, 2017 05:00 PM

Save the H-2B program

The H-2B Workforce Coalition issued the following statement on
Congressional leaders including H-2B cap relief in the proposed spending bill:

“On behalf of the H-2B Workforce Coalition and the thousands of small businesses that rely on legal, highly vetted seasonal guest workers to meet their peak season needs, we thank congressional negotiators for including critical cap relief in the Fiscal Year 2017 spending package.

Still time to push for H-2B cap relief Email
Friday, April 28, 2017 10:45 AM

Save the H-2B program

We will have another week to push for H2B cap relief. Please keep up your outreach to your lawmakers.

House Floor Today
The House meets at 9 a.m.

STOPGAP FUNDING: The House plans to vote on H.J. Res. 99, which would extend government funding through May 5. The continuing resolution would keep in place the terms of two previous CRs, Public Law 114-223, which ran through Dec. 9, and Public Law 114-254, which runs through today. Funding under the CR would be at an annualized rate of about $1.07 trillion. The measure also would extend health-care payments for retired coal miners.

Can't attend the H-2B fly-in? You can still help. Email
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 02:00 AM


H-2B Advocacy DayIf you cannot attend Wednesday's fly-in for H-2B Advocacy Day, you can still support the effort wherever you are. Please take a few minutes this week to call your elected officials and tweet at them about the urgent need for H-2B cap relief. Please do the following:

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