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April 26, 2017: H-2B Advocacy Day Email
Wednesday, April 05, 2017 02:00 AM

#SaveH2BThe H-2B Workforce Coalition invites you to an H-2B fly-in and advocacy day on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC. We must continue to raise our collective voices to ensure that Congress re-instates the H-2B returning worker exemption immediately and passes permanent H-2B reform legislation.

The agenda for the day is:

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This week's H-2B actions 4-3-17 Email
Monday, April 03, 2017 02:00 AM

H-2B program update

From the H-2B Workforce Coalition:

Congress must address federal spending bills for the remainder of fiscal year 2017 by April 28 in order to avoid a government shutdown. Congress needs to hear a steady drum beat from H-2B users across the country if we are going to be successful in re-instating the returning worker exemption through a year-end spending bill. Your help is crucial in this endeavor.

This week we need you to do the following:

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Save Our Small and Seasonal Businesses Act introduced Email
Friday, March 31, 2017 01:00 PM

H-2B program update

Yesterday evening, Senators Tillis (R-NC), King (I-ME), Thune (R-SD), Collins (R-ME), Rounds (R-SD), Cornyn (R-TX), Murkowski (R-AK), Blunt (R-MO) and Warner (D-VA) introduced the Save our Small and Seasonal Businesses Act (S. 792).  We are grateful for their leadership.

The bill would make the H-2B returning worker exemption permanent and streamline program processing.  

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April 26 H2B fly-in planned Email
Friday, March 31, 2017 02:00 AM

H-2B program update

The H-2B Workforce Coalition is organizing a fly-in on April 26. According to NALP, "The timing corresponds with the deadline for Congress to adopt a 2017 budget. Currently, the federal government is operating under a continuing resolution that extended 2016 budget allocations until April 28. If Congress fails to act prior to that date, the federal government would be forced to shut down. We are working with Congressional champions on strategy to include a returning worker exemption extension for 2017 in the budget measure that Congress will need to act on to avoid a shutdown."

Details on the fly-in will be posted here they are available. ALCC invites fellow members and H-2B users to join ALCC leaders for this one-day effort. The delegation will address issues around the H-2B visa program, including:

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Bill introduced would form tax simplification task force for Colorado Email
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 02:00 AM


Simplify CO Sales Tax On February 28, 2017, Colorado House Bill 17-1216 was introduced. The bill “creates the sales and use tax simplification task force made up of legislative members and state and local sales and use tax experts. The bill requires the task force to study sales and use tax simplification between the state and local governments, and in particular between the state and home rule jurisdictions.”

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GreenCO/ALCC issue position statement on construction defects reform Email
Thursday, March 23, 2017 02:00 AM

www.greenco.orgPosition Statement: Construction Defects Legislation - 2017

Background
Colorado’s housing market has not kept pace with the demand for affordable homes among first-time homebuyers and others with a modest or fixed income. Rising housing costs and soaring rents are now pricing many Coloradans out of the market. Yet, condos and townhomes, which have always provided a pathway to homeownership for renters, now represent a small fraction of Colorado’s housing market.

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New H-2B bill introduced 03-20-17 Email
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 03:00 PM


H-2B program update

Congressman Jak Bergman, a new Republican Member from Michigan, introduced HR 1627 on Monday. Other cosponsors of the bill include: Reps. Keating (D-MA), Meehan (R-PA), Comstock (R-VA), Weber (R-TX), Stewart (R-UT) and Pingree (D-ME). A copy of the bill can be found here.  Representatives of the H-2B Workforce Coalition met with Bergman's staff on March 21. The bill is basically an authorizing bill that uses that same statutory language as the FY 2017 appropriations bill. It would be, if passed and signed into law, a one-time fix for fiscal year 2017. It would not likely be moved in the House as a stand-alone bill and would need to be attached to other legislation. We are pleased that Congressman Bergman has taken this initiative on behalf of his constituents who use the H-2B program.

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Thank your reps for H-2B support Email
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 02:00 AM


H-2B program update

Thank you to those who reached out to your elected officials about the H-2B letters that Representatives Harris and Tillis were spearheading. A third letter was sent last week to the Department of Homeland Security by Senators Collins (R-ME) and King (I-ME).

Please take some time to thank your representatives for signing the letters. In Colorado, that includes Representatives Jared Polis, Ken Buck, Mike Coffman, and Scott Tipton for signing the Harris Letter; and Senators Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner for signing the Tillis letter. Urge them to continue to ask their party leaders to pass H-2B cap relief quickly as part of appropriations or any other appropriate legislation. 

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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: https://twitter.com/verified/lists/us-congress/members. 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: 

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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!

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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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