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Labor Secretary Announces Aggressive Stance on Visa Fraud and Abuse

by Littler on

Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta has announced that the Department of Labor (DOL) will more aggressively enforce laws governing the administration and enforcement of non-immigrant visa programs. The DOL will continue to...more

No Immigration Surprises in President’s Proposed Budget - Mandatory E-Verify, Boosted Enforcement Among Priority Requests

by Fisher Phillips on

President Trump’s proposed budget released by the White House earlier this week contains no real surprises when it comes to the immigration provisions. The budget supports President Trump’s promises to increase immigration...more

Getting It Right: Maximizing Yield While Minimizing the Risk in Hiring Farm Labor

by K&L Gates LLP on

Agricultural producers and processors throughout the United States face significant pressure to ensure their operations comply with federal and state labor laws. Increasing demand for U.S.-grown goods and local labor...more

H-2A Delays Cost Farmers Profits and Customers

by Varnum LLP on

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) are responsible for processing H-2A guest worker visa applications, but farmers are seeing delays of up to two weeks in the arrival of these...more

Many Michigan Farms Having Difficulty Finding Seasonal Workers

by Varnum LLP on

Michigan farms are having trouble finding seasonal workers because migrant workers are becoming more interested in permanent positions. Michigan Farm Bureau has reported that migrant workers fill about 40,000 seasonal jobs on...more

The Department of Labor Provides Limited Guidance on Certain Applications Affected by the Government Shutdown

On October 21, 2013, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a statement regarding special mailing procedures that will be implemented for H-2A Certifications due to delays caused by the government shutdown between October 1 and...more

USCIS Issues Guidance Regarding Handling of Certain I-129 Petitions Affected by the Government Shutdown

During the government shutdown between October 1 and October 17, 2013, while the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) was operational as usual, the Department of Labor (DOL) was not. This affected the ability of...more

2013 New H-2A Adverse Effect Wage Rates (AEWRs) and New Prevailing Wage Rates for Certain Occupations Processed Under H-2A Special...

The Department of Labor has published a notice in the Federal Register announcing new Adverse Effect Wage Rates (AEWRs) for each state based on the Farm Labor Survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The AEWRs...more

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