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Global Workers influences new H-2B Visa Program regulations

U.S. employers use the H-2B visa to bring 66,000 temporary non-agricultural foreign workers into U.S low wage industries every year. Over the years, many workers have suffered abuses, sometimes suffering such exploitative conditions that the U.S government has extended them protections as human trafficking victims. Global Workers has worked on many cases of abused and disposed H-2B temporary guest workers.

In an effort to curb these abuses, the Department of Labor (DOL) recently proposed changes to the administrative rules of the H-2B visa program. The proposed changes are to be lauded in many aspects, as they would guarantee that workers receive ¾ of the promised contract (to combat the practice of workers arriving to find the jobs ending much sooner than were promised or sometimes not existing at all). See the full proposed regulations …

Global Workers is particularly encouraged to see important changes proposed regarding transparency of the program— a central issue Global Workers has been pushing with the U.S. Government. For example, for the first time the DOL is asking U.S. employers to disclose the names of the agents they contract to recruit workers overseas. Currently workers have no way of determining if recruiters are offering legitimate H-2 jobs in the USA, or whether the ”job offer” is outright fraud, or the first step of a human trafficking scheme. Disclosure of recruiters, which should be extended to subcontracted recruiters as well, is a key step to ensure that workers are not exploited from the moment of recruitment. On a similar note, the DOL is considering asking employers to report on the numbers of H-2B workers that they actually employed. The DOL would use this information to address the practice of employers obtaining certification for more foreign worker positions than needed to replace injured or complaining foreign workers with other foreign workers. Defrauding the government about true labor need undermines the entire H-2B visa program, places foreign workers in positions of vulnerability, and deprives U.S. workers of access to these jobs.

Global Workers collaborated with the Low Wage Worker Network to submit comments on the H-2B regulations. Read the comments…

The final DOL rule is expected to be published this summer.

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