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H-2B action needed during Congressional recess (August 2017) Email
Wednesday, August 09, 2017 12:00 AM

 

H-2B update

Congress is on recess through Labor Day. Please use this month to reach out to your lawmakers while they are home from Washington. Consider attending a town hall meeting or making an appointment to see your Senators and Representative in their in-state offices.  Please continue to stress the need for permanent H-2B cap relief.

As you know, Homeland Security Secretary Kelly announced on July 19 a final rule that increased the fiscal 2017 H-2B cap by 15,000 visas. In announcing the rule, the Secretary stressed that this action is a one-time cap increase that will expire on Sept. 30, 2017. WE NEED CONGRESS TO PASS H-2B CAP RELIEF FOR FISCAL 2018 AND BEYOND.

For our efforts to be successful, we need everyone to continue to engage their lawmakers by doing the following:

  • Call your Senators and Representative them to cosponsor legislation to fix the H-2B program.
    • Ask your Senators to cosponsor S. 792, the Save Our Small And Seasonal Businesses Act Of 2017.
    • Ask your Representative to cosponsor H.R. 2004, the Strengthen Employment And Seasonal Opportunities Now (SEASON) Act. 
    • If you do not know their direct numbers, you can reach them through the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 225-3121. Once connected to the office, ask to speak to the person who handles H-2B issues.
  • Encourage your employees, co-workers, customers, and suppliers to also call their Senators and Representatives.
  • Set up meetings locally with your Senators and Representative. 
  • Email your Senators and Representative.  
  • Tweet at your Senators and Representative using #SaveH2B.

Updated talking points are available for use in meetings with lawmakers.

We will not give up on the fight for H-2B cap and other relief. We appreciate you joining us in this fight by continuing to regularly connect with your elected officials.

 
USCIS issues release about H-2B program Email
Monday, July 17, 2017 12:00 AM

 

H-2B update

WASHINGTON — U.S. businesses in danger of suffering irreparable harm due to a lack of available temporary nonagricultural workers will be able to hire up to 15,000 additional temporary nonagricultural workers under the H-2B program under a final rule that the Departments of Homeland Security and Labor submitted to the Federal Register today. To qualify for the additional visas, petitioners must attest, under penalty of perjury, that their business is likely to suffer irreparable harm if it cannot employ H-2B nonimmigrant workers during fiscal year (FY) 2017.

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Please Help #SaveH2B 7-14-17 Email
Friday, July 14, 2017 12:00 AM

 

H-2B updateCurrent status
An interim final rule to increase the number of H-2B visas is reportedly being reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget.  We are hopeful that this regulation will be issued shortly.
In late June, a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spokesperson announced that Secretary John Kelly would soon expand the number of H-2B visas available this fiscal year, as is authorized under the fiscal 2017 Consolidated Appropriations Act. DHS spokesperson David Lapan qualified the statement, however, by stating that Secretary Kelly would make a small number of visas available in late July to a limited number of businesses that would be "severely harmed" without an immediate influx of H-2B workers.
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Collins, King Again Call on Administration to Approve Additional Seasonal H-2B Visas Email
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 12:00 AM

 

H-2B updateWASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King have signed onto a bipartisan letter led by Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly urging him to use the authority provided by Congress to lift the cap on seasonal H-2B visas that employers rely on to fill summer jobs. In the letter, the senators expressed their concern about reports that visas may not be approved in time for peak tourist season.

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NALP to host conference call on EPA pyrethroid review Email
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 12:00 AM


National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) has issued a call-to-action to protect landscape professionals from restrictions regarding pyrethroid use:

Update on EPA's Pyrethroid Review - Call Tomorrow

As you know, pyrethroids play an important role in lawn care and landscape management, but the use of these products could be severely restricted as part of EPA’s review of this class of chemistry.

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