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The Legislative Report blog provides timely information on federal and state legislation and regulations and state trends as well as the myriad issues affecting the private club industry. A companion to CMAA's Legislative website, this resource should be your first stop for any information regarding legal, tax or legislative club-specific issues.

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What You Need to Know About the Shutdown(1)

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The partial federal government shut down officially began on at 12:00 p.m. midnight on December 22. More than 800,000 workers have been furloughed nationwide. While some operations like national security are deemed necessities, nine of fifteen regulatory agencies are closed until further notice.

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H-2B Visa Cap Met for First Half of FY2019

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On December 11, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the H-2B visa cap for the first half of the 2018 fiscal year had been reached. The final receipt date was Thursday, December 6. This is approximately three weeks earlier than the cap was hit in FY2018.

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Proposed Recruitment Change for H-2B Visas

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On November 9, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) jointly proposed a rule to modernize the recruitment provisions employers seeking H-2B nonimmigrant workers must conduct when applying for a temporary labor certification.

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CMAA Members Participate in Eleventh Annual National Golf Day

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National Golf Day 2018 Members

On Wednesday, April 25, representatives of the We Are Golf coalition, including the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) converged on Capitol Hill for the eleventh annual National Golf Day to share the industry’s economic, environmental, health, and charitable benefits as well as to lobby on issues of chief importance to our industry. With New economic impact figures measuring the total size of the golf economy nationally were released, illustrating a 22 percent increase since 2011, for a total of $84.1 billion. One in 75 jobs in the US is linked to the golf industry. Read More... (Log In Required) 

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)

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).