TAG: Gregg Robertson

Government Affairs: The state of immigration, H-2B reform in Congress

July 3, 2018By

  For a moment in mid-June it seemed like the stars might be aligning for getting the returning-worker exemption reinstated in the H-2B visa program. If reinstated, the returning-worker exemption would not count those workers who had been granted visas within the past two seasons against the 66,000 statutory cap. This move would effectively double the number of visas available... read more

Government Affairs: Louisiana bill could halt professional certifications by private organizations

May 2, 2018By

A bill recently introduced in the Louisiana House of Representatives could bring a halt to the use of private professional certifications in that state. Certifications that are offered by trade associations and other private organizations by groups such as the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) would be outlawed. If the bill passes, the risks to certification programs could eventually expand beyond... read more

Government Affairs: What’s all the fuss over 2,4-D and dicamba?

March 2, 2018By

The herbicides 2,4-D and dicamba have been around for a long time. Both have been go-to herbicides in the fight against weeds, both in production agriculture and landscape maintenance. But their growing use by production agriculture is causing concern due to the tendency of both 2,4-D and dicamba to volatilize and cause collateral damage to nearby crops in nontargeted fields.... read more

Government Affairs: How the new tax legislation may affect your tax bill

January 3, 2018By

  Fulfilling his promise to give Americans “an incredible Christmas gift,” President Trump signed a $1.5 trillion tax bill on Dec. 22. What this tax bill will mean to you and your company may take some help from your tax adviser. While one of the goals at the outset for this tax reform bill was to simplify the tax code,... read more

Government Affairs: Last gasp for H-2B returning-worker exemption?

December 1, 2016By

Congress has one last chance to extend the H-2B returning-worker provisions in the waning days of this session of Congress. The returning-worker provision that was included last year as part of the budget process expired at the close of the federal fiscal year Sept. 30. The returning-worker provision exempts workers who were granted visas in any of the three previous... read more

Government Affairs: Last chance to extend H-2B reforms?

May 4, 2016By

H-2B Workforce Coalition and our national associations, AmericanHort and the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), are calling for a fly-in to Washington D.C. May 18 in attempt to persuade Congress to extend the recent hard-won reforms to the H-2B guest worker program. These reforms, signed in to law by President Obama only last December, expire with the federal budget... read more