TAG: H-2B visa program

Put these 2 issues on your radar

November 5, 2019By

Two issues that should be on your radar screen are the H-2B fly-in in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 13 and the new federal overtime rules that will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020. H-2B Fly-In Nov. 13 Last federal fiscal year, 30,000 additional H-2B visas were made available under language in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) FY2019 appropriation... read more

DHS to release 30,000 additional H-2B visas

April 3, 2019By
Capitol Hill. Photo: LM Staff

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a decision to release an additional 30,000 H-2B visas for seasonal workers who previously worked in the U.S. during one of the last three fiscal years, according to the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP). This brings the total number of visas available for 2019 to 96,000. The visas are expected to be... read more

Editor’s Note: It’s time

July 3, 2018By

I can vividly recall sitting next to Bob Dolibois, retired executive vice president of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (now AmericanHort), on a bus ride at an industry event in May 2007, days after the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007 was introduced in the Senate. This bill—which was viewed as a compromise between both parties, thanks to its... read more

Government Affairs: The H-2B guest-worker program gets potential one-year increase

April 3, 2018By

  Taking advantage of the “must-pass” omnibus federal spending bill for fiscal year 2018-2019, advocates for the H-2B guest-worker visa program managed to get an extension of the authority for the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security to increase the 66,000 statutory cap on H-2B visas. This provision is like one that was included in last year’s spending bill. Increase not... read more

Littleton landscaper pays $550K for underpaying foreign workers

January 12, 2018By

Parkside Landscaping, located in Littleton, Colo., paid more than $500,000 in back wages and penalties after it faced allegations of underpaying foreign workers it hired to fill seasonal jobs, The Denver Post reported. The company paid $524,063 in back wages to 53 employees and $26,104 in penalties to resolve violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and H-2B nonagricultural visa program provisions. Gene... read more