Two Bills Address H-2B Visa Program

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The H-2B visa program has faced increasing costs this year with the finalization of substantial changes to the program in April. In recent months, advocates of the program have introduced legislation in both houses of Congress to address the modification and the shortcomings in this program.

In October, a bipartisan group of senators including Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Mark Warner (D-VA), and Dr. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) introduced S 2225, the Save Our Small and Seasonal Businesses Act of 2015. This bill will streamline the H-2B program to eliminate ambiguities and establish clear parameters for employers hiring foreign workers. This would include creating an H-2B returning worker exemption; reverting to an employer attestation model; eliminating the requirement to provide housing; and changing the wage rate to compensate for an employee’s job duties and experience versus meeting a statistical measure. This bill is currently awaiting action in the Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Read more...

Posted by Karen Woodie at 11/11/2015 06:40:17 AM |