Immigration Law

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 how DOL provides the consultation that DHS has determined is necessary to adjudicate H–2B petitions by revising the methodology by which DOL calculates the prevailing wages to be paid to H–2B workers and U.S. workers recruited in connection with the application for certification; the prevailing wage is then used in petitioning DHS to employ nonimmigrant workers in H–2B status. DOL and DHS are jointly issuing this rule in response to the court’s order in Comite´de Apoyo a los Trabajadores Agricolas v. Solis, which vacated portions of DOL’s current prevailing wage rate regulation, and to ensure that there is no question that the rule is in effect nationwide in light of other outstanding litigation. This rule also contains certain revisions to DHS’s H–2B rule to clarify that DHS is the Executive Branch agency charged with making determinations regarding eligibility for H–2B classification, after consulting with DOL for its advice about matters with which DOL has expertise, particularly, in this case, questions about the methodology for setting the prevailing wage in the H–2B program. DATES: This interim final rule is effective April 24, 2013. Interested persons are invited to submit written comments on this interim final rule on or before June 10, 2013." - Federal Register/ Vol. 78, No. 79 / Wednesday, April 24, 2013.