TAG: government affairs

Government Affairs: Update on Federal actions affecting landscape contractors

July 5, 2017By

With all the talk in Washington about health care bills and the Russia investigation, it’s easy to lose sight of more mundane but nonetheless important issues directly affecting the landscape contracting industry. Here is an update on what is happening with two important issues. Federal Overtime Rule The new federal overtime rule, that would have doubled the mandatory salary at... read more

Government Affairs: Will Trump increase H-2B visas?

June 6, 2017By

In late April, Congress passed an appropriations bill to fund the federal government through the federal fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30. Contained in that bill was language that provided the Secretary of Homeland Security the authority to double the number of H-2B visas available, from 66,000 to 129,000, if the secretary found that there was “need.” Listening session Last... read more

Government Affairs: Congressional budget deal contains some H-2B relief

May 2, 2017By

A compromise bill to fund the federal government and avoid a government shutdown contains some relief for those companies that use the H-2B guest worker program. Late Sunday night, April 30, Congressional negotiators reached a deal to fund the federal government through the end of the current fiscal year, Sept. 30. The bill implementing the deal is expected to pass before... read more

Government Affairs: The federal overtime rule is not dead yet

April 4, 2017By

Like that macabre but disturbingly funny scene in “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” the federal overtime rule is “not dead yet.” The new federal overtime rule, that would have doubled the mandatory salary at which employees must be paid overtime, was grievously wounded when a Texas Federal judge issued a temporary injunction halting implementation of the rule nine days... read more

IA Fly-In set for March

February 15, 2017By

The 2017 Irrigation Association (IA) Fly-In is scheduled for March 7-8 in Washington, D.C. The event is open to IA members and is free. Attendees cover their own hotel and travel expenses. The Fly-In, held in partnership with the National Ground Water Association and the Water Quality Association, connects irrigation professionals with their legislators to help secure the IA’s legislative... read more

Government Affairs: Last gasp for H-2B returning-worker exemption?

December 1, 2016By

Congress has one last chance to extend the H-2B returning-worker provisions in the waning days of this session of Congress. The returning-worker provision that was included last year as part of the budget process expired at the close of the federal fiscal year Sept. 30. The returning-worker provision exempts workers who were granted visas in any of the three previous... read more