TAG: DOL

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

Issue Brief: NALP, DOL to collaborate on H-2B compliance

November 8, 2018By

In September, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a nationwide initiative to strengthen compliance in the landscape industry with the labor provisions of the H-2B temporary visa program. It was almost identical to a release issued the previous week targeting the hospitality industry. The compliance will focus on: Confirming an insufficient number of U.S. employees are qualified and available... 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

Government Affairs: Review job classifications before DOL overtime rule implementation

June 6, 2016By

The federal Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor (DOL) announced that new regulations governing overtime will go into effect on Dec. 1. These new regulations could ratchet up your labor costs and make federal audits of your payroll records even more expensive. The new regulations will raise the salary limit for mandatory overtime for nonexempt workers from... read more

Government Affairs: Congress comes through with H-2B Band-Aid… will rip it off in nine months

January 4, 2016By

In my December blog, when I listed H-2B guest worker program reforms as one of Congress’ pieces of unfinished business for landscape contractors, I had very little hope that anything would pass. But thanks to the hard work of our national associations, AmericanHort and the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), language providing H-2B relief was included in the federal... read more

Government Affairs: Will proposed OT regs affect you?

September 2, 2015By

New regulations proposed by the federal Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division could ratchet up your labor costs and make audits of your payroll records potentially even more expensive. Employees who are exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) now must meet three criteria:they must be paid a salary; that salary must be more than... read more