TAG: H-2B reform

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: Congressional budget deal contains some H-2B relief

May 2, 2017By

  A compromise bill to fund the federal government and avoid a government shutdown contains some relief for those companies that use the H-2B guest worker program. Late Sunday night, April 30, Congressional negotiators reached a deal to fund the federal government through the end of the current fiscal year, Sept. 30. The bill implementing the deal is expected to pass... read more

Government Affairs: Trump’s first few weeks

February 7, 2017By

  We are a few weeks into the Trump administration, and we’re getting a glimpse of how this presidency might impact (or not) the landscape contracting industry in three major areas: immigration reform, guest-worker programs and regulations. Immigration Reform It’s clear comprehensive immigration reform (like the bill that passed the Senate but stalled in the House in 2013) will be... read more

Political analysis: 2016’s biggest issues

December 27, 2016By

As 2016 winds down, it’s time to look back at some of the hottest issues of the year, as well as where the issues currently stand. H-2B Reform Language providing H-2B relief was included in the federal fiscal year 2015-2016 omnibus spending bill. President Obama signed that bill into law on Dec. 18, 2015. What that means: Through Sept. 30, 2016,... 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