Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Changes to H2A in the Works


H2A Changes--Again
Washington--The U.S. Department of Labor will propose changes to the H2A temporary worker program in an upcoming Federal Register posting.

The changes made several years ago were intended to simplify the program and increase the ability of employers to utilize the H2A system did not pan out as planned. Farmers report that use of the program has diminished since the department “simplified” it.

Milk Producers of Idaho reports that they will monitor the posting when it comes out and will inform their members about the changes. MPI will look for impacts on the Idaho dairy industry and the time frame for a public comment period.

Federal contractors will have to start using the e-verify system on all employees starting September 8th. The requirement was challenged in the court system but was found constitutional.

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