H-2B Visas Protecting Local and Foreign Workers: In order to alleviate some of the unemployment woes felt by many U.S. citizens around the country, the Department of Labor has created new rules for importing foreign workers under H-2B Visas. H-2B Visas are those used by non-skilled laborers to enter the country to work for a limited period. In South Florida, many of these workers come into the country to work in country clubs and resorts, but the new rules may decrease the number of immigrant workers that enter the South Florida workforce. Going into effect on April 23, 2012, the new rules set forth by the Department of Labor will require mandatory recruiting of local workers.
Department of Labor Responsible for H-2B Visas Protecting Local and Foreign Workers
The new rules will require employers to “recruit local workers until 21 days for the job is to begin.” Under the current system, “employers are required to advertise the jobs in question for only 10 days,” and the advertisement period can be up to four months before the start of the advertised job. For people looking for immediate work, advertising in such a manner will almost ensure that no local workers apply for the job. This in turn allows employers to bring in foreign workers that will work for lower wages and no benefits. The new rule will make it easier for local workers seeking immediate employment to apply for the job and not have to wait months before they can start earning a paycheck. It also allows employers three weeks to contract for workers overseas.
The new rules will also require employers to “prove they have genuine need for the foreign workers before they will be allowed to apply for them.” After applying for and obtaining foreign workers, there are still more regulations, but these other regulations are in place to protect the foreign workers that employers bring to the States. These regulations include requiring employers to pay for the travel expenses of the foreign workers and “paperwork costs.”
Information for this article was obtained at http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/u-s-changes-rules-to-force-resorts-to-2168113.html.