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

NHLA, others sue DOL, DHS over H-2B policies

June 4, 2015By

The National Hispanic Landscape Alliance (NHLA) joined Bayou Lawn & Landscape Services, the National Association of Landscape Professionals, Superior Forestry and the Small and Seasonal Business Legal Center in filing a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida. The lawsuit asks... read more

DOL resumes H-2B processing

April 21, 2015By

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) resumed processing certifications for the H-2B program, following an April 15 court order permitting it to do so, according to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website. The federal district court in the Northern District of Florida said DOL could continue issuing temporary labor certifications under the H-2B visa program through May... read more

DHS resumes H-2B processing, new rule to come by April 30

March 18, 2015By

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will resume reviewing H-2B guest-worker visa applications, the agency announced March 17. Its premium processing service remains suspended. Earlier in the week, the Department of Labor (DOL) filed an unopposed motion to freeze the March 4 order of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida in Perez v. Perez until April... read more