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H-2B update: Deadline reached to petition for additional workers Email
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 02:00 AM

 

H-2B update

As indicated in the temporary rule for H-2B cap relief, the deadline to petition for additional works has been met, and USCIS will reject any subsequent petitions.

Read the full statement from USCIS below:

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Harmful Amendments Defeated, H-2B Cap Relief Still Elusive (9-7-17) Email
Thursday, September 07, 2017 02:00 AM

 

H-2B update

Please Help #SaveH2B: Harmful Amendments Defeated, H-2B Cap Relief Still Elusive

 Current Status of H-2B Efforts 

This is a very busy week in Congress and a crucial one in our fight to preserve the H-2B program. Earlier today, the Senate passed a Hurricane Harvey relief package that also raises the debt ceiling and continues existing government funding through December 8. The House is expected to pass the measure shortly. Under this legislation, the existing provisions of law related to H-2B wage surveys, staggered crossing for seafood workers, prohibitions on DOL enforcement of the H-2B corresponding employment and ¾ guarantee regulatory requirements and a 10-month season will be continued through December 8, but the Homeland Security Secretary’s authority to increase H-2B visas is still set to expire on October 1. 

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Justice Department will not appeal decision to end federal overtime rule change Email
Wednesday, September 06, 2017 02:00 AM

 

The Department of Justice has struck down the final rule "Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales and Computer Employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act" published in 2016. The rule would have extended overtime pay for an estimated four million American workers by nearly doubling the annual salary threshold of eligibility.

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Urgent H-2B support needed (August 25, 2017) Email
Friday, August 25, 2017 02:00 AM

 

H-2B update

Congress is on recess through Labor Day and shortly after returning to Washington, lawmakers will take up fiscal 2018 spending bills for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other federal agencies. We urgently need your help to get H-2B cap relief included in the spending bill.  Cap relief was not included in the DHS appropriations bill passed by the House Appropriations Committee earlier this summer. We need it included in the manager’s (chairmen’s) amendment to the bill before the bill comes to the House floor for a vote.

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H-2B action needed during Congressional recess (August 2017) Email
Wednesday, August 09, 2017 02:00 AM

 

H-2B update

Congress is on recess through Labor Day. Please use this month to reach out to your lawmakers while they are home from Washington. Consider attending a town hall meeting or making an appointment to see your Senators and Representative in their in-state offices.  Please continue to stress the need for permanent H-2B cap relief.

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USCIS issues release about H-2B program Email
Monday, July 17, 2017 02:00 AM

 

H-2B update

WASHINGTON — U.S. businesses in danger of suffering irreparable harm due to a lack of available temporary nonagricultural workers will be able to hire up to 15,000 additional temporary nonagricultural workers under the H-2B program under a final rule that the Departments of Homeland Security and Labor submitted to the Federal Register today. To qualify for the additional visas, petitioners must attest, under penalty of perjury, that their business is likely to suffer irreparable harm if it cannot employ H-2B nonimmigrant workers during fiscal year (FY) 2017.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

 
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