In December, President Obama signed an H-2B relief measure into law. Despite
immense criticism, lawmakers who recognized the importance of the H-2B
program for seasonal employees were able to enact an omnibus spending
measure that will go through September 30, 2016.
The bill will make H-2B returning workers an exemption of the annual 66,000
cap. It also addresses wages and allows use of private wage surveys. Additionally,
the measure changes the definition of “seasonal” from nine
months to ten months and prevents the Department of Labor from implementing
certain provisions that were considered burdensome.
For information on H-2B employee visas and how this new bill may affect
contact Sintsirmas & Mueller Co. L.P.A. today.