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DOL and DHS Announce New Joint Rules for the H-2B Program

DOL and DHS released advance copies of two new joint rules on H-2Bs that are scheduled to be published tomorrow and will take effect immediately. The first is an interim final rule governing the certification of employment of H-2B workers and the enforcement of obligations applicable to H-2B employers. Comments are due within 60 days of publication. The second is a final rule governing the H-2B Wage Methodology. As background, on March 4, 2015, a federal district court vacated the DOL’s 2008 H-2B regulations on the ground that DOL lacked authority under the INA to issue regulations in the H-2B program. A subsequent temporary stay and extension followed, allowing the DOL to continue processing H-2B cases through May 15, 2015.

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