TAG: H-2B visa program

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