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EPA Announces Plans to Revisit the Waters of the US Definition

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On June 9, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its intentions to revisit the definition of the Waters of the US (WOTUS). The EPA plans to initiate a new rulemaking process that would restore the definition in place prior to the implementation of the 2015 WOTUS rule and ultimately develop a new rule to establish a “durable definition” for the future.

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Cap Reached for Additional Returning Worker H-2B Visas for FY2021

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On June 3, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the recently released additional 16,000 FY2021 H-2B visas for returning workers have been exhausted. However, availability still remains for the 6,000 visas earmarked for workers from the countries of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala, known as the Northern Triangle.

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DHS Releases Additional FY2021 H-2B Visas

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Beginning May 25, employers who have already satisfied the US labor recruiting test, verifying that there are no US workers available, may petition for the additional FY2021 H-2B visas for returning workers or workers from Honduras, El Salvador, or Guatemala. A worker qualifies as returning if the workers was issued an H-2B visa or held H-2B status in fiscal years 2018, 2019, or 2020.

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Wrapping Up the First Virtual National Golf Day

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The Virginia Delegation meets with Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger (VA) on National Golf Day

On Wednesday, May 12, the golf industry united for its 13th annual and first virtual National Golf Day. More than 200 industry professionals addressed the most pressing issues facing the industry, including workforce and labor, environmental, and health related legislation and regulation

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Department of Labor Officially Withdraws Independent Contractor Rule

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In early March, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced its intentions to withdraw the final independent contractor rule which would have been used to redefine a worker’s status as an employee or independent contractor under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Effective May 6, the rule has been officially withdrawn.

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Tip Sharing Rule: What’s Effective April 30 and What’s Delayed to December 31?

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On April 28, the Department of Labor finalized the delay of the implementation of the 2020 final rule adjusting the tip provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

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DHS Announces Intentions to Release 22,000 Additional H-2B Visas

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On April 20, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced its intentions to make an additional 22,000 H-2B visas available for the remainder of FY2021.

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