New Rules Strengthen Worker Protections within the H-2B Visa Program, Yet May Drive Down Wages

May 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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Press release from  Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Inc.  and   Migrant Defense Committee

(see below for espanol)

On April 29th, 2015, the U.S. Departments of Labor (DOL) and Homeland Security (DHS) published two new rules in the H-2B visa program that establish groundbreaking protections for transnational migrants and U.S. workers alike. The new rulemaking is in response to a court’s decision that cast uncertainty on the program’s future. Workers with H-2B visas come to the United States for a temporary period of time to work in industries such as landscaping, seafood, fairs, and hospitality. Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Inc. (CDM) has advocated for H-2B workers’ rights on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border for nearly 10 years. CDM applauds the critical worker protections provided by the comprehensive H-2B rule, which will be finalized after a 60-day comment period. However, CDM is concerned by loopholes in the H-2B wage rule, which may cut workers’ wages.  Protections in the comprehensive rule for H-2B migrant workers include:

  • Job Contracts. Employers must provide a copy of the job order to each H-2B worker in a language the worker understands no later than when Read more