Editor’s Note: It’s time

July 3, 2018By

I can vividly recall sitting next to Bob Dolibois, retired executive vice president of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (now AmericanHort), on a bus ride at an industry event in May 2007, days after the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007 was introduced in the Senate. This bill—which was viewed as a compromise between both parties, thanks to its... read more

Government Affairs: The state of immigration, H-2B reform in Congress

July 3, 2018By

For a moment in mid-June it seemed like the stars might be aligning for getting the returning-worker exemption reinstated in the H-2B visa program. If reinstated, the returning-worker exemption would not count those workers who had been granted visas within the past two seasons against the 66,000 statutory cap. This move would effectively double the number of visas available under... read more

DOJ settles with landscape firm for discriminating against American workers

June 27, 2018By

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) reached a settlement agreement with Triple H Services, a landscaping company based in Newland, N.C., that conducts business in Virginia and four other states. The DOJ said Triple H discriminated against qualified and available U.S. workers based on their citizenship status by preferring to hire temporary workers with H-2B visas, in violation of the... read more

House may vote on bill with permanent H-2B returning worker exemption, NALP urges action

June 26, 2018By

The U.S. House of Representatives may vote on June 27 on a compromise immigration bill that includes a permanent returning-worker exemption and mandates that employers use E-Verify to confirm the work eligibility of new employees, according to the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP). The bill is formally called H.R. 6136, the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018.... read more

Government Affairs: The H-2B guest-worker program gets potential one-year increase

April 3, 2018By

Taking advantage of the “must-pass” omnibus federal spending bill for fiscal year 2018-2019, advocates for the H-2B guest-worker visa program managed to get an extension of the authority for the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security to increase the 66,000 statutory cap on H-2B visas. This provision is like one that was included in last year’s spending bill. Increase not automatic... read more

NALP urges action on H-2B

March 2, 2018By

Last week, many landscape companies were informed by the Department of Labor that they would not receive the H-2B seasonal guest workers they applied for, according to the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP). “Many landscape companies will be facing a devastating employee shortage this year because they didn’t get their H-2B workers,” said Paul Mendelsohn, vice president of government relations... read more

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