COMMENTS ON TEMPORARY WORKERS PROTECTIONS DUE MAY 17—PLEASE WEIGH IN!
Temporary worker programs give rise to serious problems, including rampant wage-and-hour violations, debt servitude, labor trafficking, and discrimination. On March 18th, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) took steps to eliminate such abuses. It published proposed rules that would enhance worker protections under the H-2B visa program for temporary non-agricultural employment.
Key reforms include increased oversight by DOL, added protections for both U.S. and foreign workers, and perhaps most importantly, the effective outlawing of recruitment and visa fees charged to workers, which often led to claims of debt bondage in the past.
Please take a minute to submit comments on the proposed rule—your support is much needed, because business opposition is expected to be vigorous, and because there are key provisions still needed to improve the rules. Comments are due May 17th and can be submitted electronically. Comments can be as short and simple as a vote in favor of the regulations, or more detailed. See NELP’s model comments and our analysis of the proposed rules.
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