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U.S. Department of Labor Proposes H-2A and H-2B Rule Changes

Wednesday, November 14, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Gregg Robertson
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DOL LogoLast May, the Trump Administration promised that they would undertake regulatory reform of the H-2A guest worker program. On November 1, the Department of Labor announced the first of these reforms by announcing H-2A rule changes. The change would allow American employers looking for temporary help to advertise their job openings online instead of in newspapers. A similar rule was proposed for the H-2B program.

Sonny Purdue, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, praised the new rules in a statement:

“When I travel around the country, one of the biggest concerns farmers raise is the shortage of legal farm labor. Our farmers and ranchers are the most productive in the world, and they want to obey immigration law. Where American workers are not available, farmers turn to the H-2A program that is overly bureaucratic and cost prohibitive. Using regulations like this is one way to modernize H-2A to reach more American workers, while providing relief to farmers from one of the high costs of the program. It’s good to see the federal government using 21st Century technology, rather than being limited to placing notices in the want ads.”

The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking comment period will end on December 10, 2018.


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