The U.S. Department of Labor published in February a final rule to improve the H-2B temporary non-agricultural worker program. The H-2B program allows U.S. employers to bring foreign nationals to the United States to fill temporary non-agricultural jobs. The rule includes changes to several aspects of the H-2B program to ensure that U.S. workers receive greater access to jobs and strengthens worker protections. The final rule is effective April 23, 2012.
The final rule also requires employers that employ H-2B workers and workers in corresponding employment to post the new H-2B labor law poster. The notice provides workers with information about wages, hours, working conditions, travel expenses and protections, and limits placed on employers under the program.
Examples of industries that commonly use H-2B temporary and seasonal workers include:
- Restaurant and hotel/hospitality workers,
- Ski resorts and amusement parks, and
Employers must post the poster in English and in any language common to a significant portion of the workers if they are not fluent in English. Compliance Poster Company has created a bilingual Employee Rights Under the H-2B Program poster to help employers comply with the new posting requirement. Click here to view the poster and order it online or give us a call.