TAG: H-2B visas

DHS provides 15,000 additional H-2B visas

July 18, 2017By

On July 18, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor submitted a final rule to the Federal Register that will allow the hiring of up to 15,000 additional temporary nonagricultural workers under the H-2B program, according to a press release from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Office of Communications. The program is designed for... read more

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: Get ready for the labor shortage coming

March 7, 2017By

  As the Trump Administration moves into its second month, it’s becoming clear that the administration’s policies are going to create labor shortages in the landscape contracting industry this summer. While some (including me) thought Trump might not implement some of the more draconian policies he espoused during the campaign, he is demonstrating that his campaign promises should be taken... read more