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House Bill Would Fix H2-B Problems

Thursday, April 3, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Gregg Robertson
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – PLNA has joined AmericanHort, PLANET and hundreds of seasonal businesses and associations in urging Congress to pass H.R. 4238, a bill that would fix the broken H2-B guest worker program.

H.R. 4238 would do several things to correct flaws in the H2-B program:

·      It would re-instate the H-2B returning worker exemption that was in place from 2005 through 2007. This expired provision of law exempted from the cap H-2B workers who have complied with past visa requirements and worked in the program during one of the preceding three years.

·      The legislation would also eliminate legal uncertainties stemming from burdensome H-2B wage regulations and subsequent litigation by clarifying the “prevailing wage” methodology that should be used for setting H-2B wages to ensure that wages are fair for workers and employers and reflective of economic realities.

·      The bill would streamline the complicated and costly H-2B recruitment process and permit “staggered entry” to allow employers to bring workers in on multiple dates as they ramp-up for their busy seasons.

·      Finally, the legislation would provide an additional benefit for H-2B workers by requiring employers reimburse H-2B workers for their transportation and subsistence costs from the U.S. consulate or border crossing to the worksite or from the previous worksite to the new worksite.

To make your voice heard on this issue, click here to write your member of Congress and Senators. 

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