New Federal Bill on the CMAA Watch List: Clarifying Seasonal Employees

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Introduced by Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Angus King (I-ME), S.2670 would provide clarity for the definition of seasonal employees related to the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate. It would create one definition for these employees instead of the current confusion with separate definitions for “seasonal worker” and “seasonal employee.” Read More... (log in required)

Local Trend: 86 Those Plastic Straws

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Straws

 

Localities across the country are taking aim at the use of plastic straws in restaurants. Several municipalities have banned their use, while others have implemented regulations that they can only be distributed upon request. Cities to date include Davis, CA; Fort Myers, FL; Malibu, CA; Miami Beach, FL; San Luis Obispo, CA; and Seattle, WA.  Read More ... (login required)

FY2018 Spending Package Impacts H-2B Visas, Proposed Tip Rules, and More

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HR 1625, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, was passed by Congress on March 22. Two specific policy provisions were included in the Act, which impact the club industry specifically: Read more... (log in required).

2018 H-2B Visa Supply Exhausted

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US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) received requests for approximately 47,000 H-2B visas for the second half of FY2018. As a result, USCIS conducted a lottery on February 28, and randomly selected enough petitions to meet the 33,000 visa cap. For all petitions which were not selected, USCIS will reject and refund all associated fees.   Read more...  (log in required). 

EPA Delays Applicability of WOTUS Rule for Two Years, 11 States File Suit

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On January 31, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Army (Army Corps) finalized a rule adding an applicability date to the 2015 Clean Water Rule. Read More... (Log in Required).

Supreme Court Decision Leaves WOTUS Rule in Turmoil

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On January 22, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion finding that challenges to the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule will be heard in district courts. Read more... (log in required)

Demand Continues to Outpace Supply for H-2B Visas

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Here’s the latest:

     
  • US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released its annual updated list of 83 countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B programs. Effective January 18, nationals from Belize, Haiti, and Samoa are no longer eligible to participate.  
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