H-2B Language Advances in Senate, House
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Posted by: AmericanHort
WASHINGTON, D.C. - As a co-chair of the H-2B Workforce Coalition, AmericanHort and allies are seeking to address some of the current threats to the H-2B program via the appropriations process. On June 25, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed its version of the fiscal 2016 Department of Labor Appropriations bill. The bill includes language that would:
• Allow the use of private wage surveys, which are not allowed under the new final H-2B wage rule;
• Clearly define seasonal as ten months, as opposed to the nine months in the new interim final H-2B comprehensive rule;
• Prevent DOL from implementing the provisions of the interim final rule related to corresponding employment and the ¾ guarantee;
Prevent DOL from implementing a new and burdensome DOL enforcement scheme related to audits and the Certifying Officer (CO) assisted recruitment; and
• Allow for the staggered crossing of H-2B employees.
Earlier, the House Appropriations Committee passed a bill that includes a provision on staggered crossing and some helpful, but non-binding, report language related to the new rules. So the Senate language improves our position.
On the H2B cap and returning worker exemption, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security is planning to take up the Department of Homeland Security funding bill shortly after the July 4th recess. The importance of the returning worker exemption is essential as the economy thrives and the demand for workers grows.
Look for a grassroots lobbying message from AmericanHort when the timing is right to contact your member of Congress about this legislation.