News & Events
July 11, 2013
Join us on the Hill in DC this month
The NHLA will again join with PLANET in visiting Members of Congress and staff, and administration officials on the 23rd of July to advance positions of importance to our members. This year our greatest concern is the recently enacted H-2B wage rule which has placed at risk the continued viability of reputable employers in the landscape industry and others.
The new rule jointly advanced by the US Departments of Homeland Security and Labor, RIN 1205-AB69 – Wage Methodology for the Temporary Non-Agricultural Employment H-2B Program, Part 2 (sic), 78 Fed. Reg. 24047 (Apr. 24, 2013), unreasonably requires entry-level temporary workers to be paid more than half of the permanent workers in their occupation. The new required pay rates are in some cases as much as 36.58% higher than the wage rates the government approved just a few months ago when employers were authorized to bring temporary foreign workers into the country for hard-to-fill seasonal jobs.
The NHLA made its views known during the rule comment period and has also assisted members in communicating their concerns to their Members of Congress.