DOL speaks re H-2B prevailing wages; final rule; guidance

Final rule ; delay of effective date. SUMMARY: The Department of Labor (Department) is delaying the effective date of the Wage Methodology for the Temporary Non-agricultural Employment H–2B Program; Final Rule, 76 FR 3452, Jan. 19, 2011, (the Wage Rule) to January 1, 2012 in response to recently...

Spending bill contains H-2B prevailing wage relief

The omnibus spending bill signed today by President Obama contains relief for H-2B employers who had been dogged by higher prevailing wages due to a Jan. 19, 2011 regulation. Page 279 : "None of the amounts made available under this Act may be used to implement the rule entitled ‘‘Wage...

DOL Final Rule and Guidance: H-2B Prevailing Wage Methodology Effective Date

"The Department of Labor (Department) is delaying the effective date of the Wage Methodology for the Temporary Non-agricultural Employment H–2B Program (the Wage Rule) to October 1, 2012 in response to recently enacted legislation that prohibits any funds from being used to implement the Wage...

Joint DHS/DOL H-2B Interim Final Wage Rule

"The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) (jointly referred to as the Departments) are amending regulations governing certification for the employment of nonimmigrant workers in temporary or seasonal non-agricultural employment. This interim final rule revises...

Prevailing Wage Fight Delays H-2B Visas

"From Cape Cod innkeepers to the seafood industry in Louisiana, employers who depend on seasonal foreign workers have scrambled to fill positions this year because of wrangling in Washington over how much these workers should be paid. At issue is a guest worker program, known as H-2B, which allows...

BALCA, En Banc (5-0,) Vacates H-2B Supplemental PWDs: Matter of Island Holdings

"The Department’s H-2B regulations do not require an employer to increase the wage it offers and pays its H-2B workers after the Department has approved and certified its Application for Temporary Employment Certification. It was an abuse of discretion for the Certifying Officer to affirm...

H-2B Blackmail from OFLC

Savvy H-2B employers may use private wage surveys in lieu of the (often significantly higher) OES prevailing wages. But OFLC is whining about its workload, so on 4 Dec 2013 it posted this 'offer' to H-2B employers : "The Office of Foreign Labor Certification's National Prevailing...

DOL Notes 'Anomaly' in H-2B Prevailing Wage Data

"OFLC has become aware of an anomaly in the published Prevailing Wage Disclosure datasets titled "PERM_FY 2013.xlsx" and "PERM_FY 2014_Q2." The error is with respect to the listing of wage levels (Level I-IV) under the column "Pwd_Wage_Level" for all H-2B wage determinations...