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TAG: Department of Labor

Dept. of Homeland Security adds 35,000 H-2B visas

March 10, 2020By

The Department of Homeland Security will make available 35,000 supplemental H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas for the second half of fiscal year (FY) 2020. The allocation also comes with new conditions to provide relief to seasonal employers who truly need it and reduce fraud and abuse in the program. DHS also announced that it will take necessary anti-fraud and abuse... read more

Work to do: Tackling the industry’s labor shortage

May 20, 2019By
Photo: Marshall Evan Photography

How companies, manufacturers and industry pros are tackling landscaping's labor shortage. read more

Final push for H-2B reform for 2019 season

February 20, 2019By

On Jan. 25, Congress and the president reached an agreement to reopen the government for 21 days. read more

Dept. of Labor relaunches H-2B online portal after Jan. 1 crash

January 9, 2019By

The Department of Labor (DOL)’s online portal for H-2B seasonal work visa applications is now fully operational. The online portal, called iCERT, crashed in the early hours of New Year’s Day due to overwhelming demand. The system came back online on Monday, Jan. 7. U.S. lawmakers cap the number of H-2B visas available every year at 66,000, divided evenly between... read more

Overtime Rule in limbo as Obama administration appeals injunction

December 7, 2016By

Across the United States, the H.R. meetings were over, the timecards created and the systems in place, but just days before the Department of Labor’s nationwide Overtime Rule was slated to take effect, a federal judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction blocking the rule, which would have made 4 million Americans eligible for overtime pay. Now, with only a little more than... read more

Guest Post: DOL OT rule will not go into effect Dec. 1

November 23, 2016By

On Nov. 22, a federal judge blocked the Department of Labor (DOL) rule extending overtime eligibility to millions of American workers. The new rule was set to go into effect Dec. 1. In a preliminary injunction, the judge said the DOL didn’t have the authority to automatically update the minimum salary for exempt employees to $47,476 up from $23,660. While... read more