Weekly Update: Feds release 30,000 additional returning worker H-2B visas

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Feds release 30,000 additional returning worker H-2B visas

According to the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the Department of Homeland Security on March 29 announced the release of an additional 30,000 H-2B visas for Fiscal Year 2019. The additional visas represent a 100 percent increase over the additional 15,000 visas that were released by the department in the previous two fiscal years and are expected to provide relief to businesses that use the H-2B program to fulfill their seasonal workforce needs.

U.S. DOL issues joint-employer proposal

The U.S. Department of Labor on April 1 proposed a change to the joint-employer rule that includes a new test to determine when franchisor and franchisees are joint employers. The test includes: the power to hire or fire employees; supervising and controlling the employees’ work schedules or working conditions; determining employees’ pay rates or methods of payment; or maintaining the employees’ employment records. Read more about the proposal here.

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