Monday, February 15, 2010
Under the new rule, effective March 15, employers who seek H-2A visas for agricultural workers will have to provide documented proof that they looked for qualified U.S. people to fill jobs, instead of simply attesting to the effort. The Labor Department also is creating a national electronic job registry to help growers find workers from the U.S. Growers estimate that the vast majority of field workers are foreign-born, although only a fraction of those—86,000 in the last fiscal year—received visas under the program affected by the new rule. Click here for the full story.