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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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FY2019 Spending Package Impacts H-2B Visa Availability

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HR 648, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019, was signed into law on February 15 and included a provision to increase the availability of H-2B visas for the remainder of FY2019.  

 
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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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Department of Labor Launches H-2B Compliance Initiative for Hotel & Landscape Industries

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In September, the US Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (DOL) announced two nationwide initiatives to strengthen compliance with the labor provisions of the H-2B temporary visa program.  

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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). 

H-2B Visa Cap Met for First Half of FY2018

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On December 21, 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. This is almost a month earlier than the cap was hit in FY2017. Read more... (log in required)