February 19, 2010

New H-2A Rule Effective March 15, 2010

The Department of Labor (DOL) has amended its H-2A regulations with respect to the contractual obligations applicable to employers of H-2A workers. The H-2A category is a nonimmigrant status for temporary or seasonal agricultural employees. The new H-2A rule provides for increased enforcement of employers in the H-2A program. The DOL wants to ensure that H-2A workers are appropriately protected when employers do not meet their H-2A obligations. This new rule goes into effect March 15, 2010. For more information, please see the following link to a news release by the Secretary of Labor regarding the new rule: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/eta20100198.htm.