Department of Labor resumes H-2B visa application process

CapHillThe Department of Labor (DOL) has resumed processing H-2B visa applications through April 15, 2015, after a Florida federal district court temporarily stayed its decision finding that the DOL lacked the authority to issue regulations for the program.
On March 18, 2015, the Florida district court issued an order effectively permitting the DOL to restart its processing of H-2B visa applications and continue under that rule through April 15, 2015.

According to the DOL website, any application for certification or prevailing wage determination that has not completed DOL processing by the time the stay ends as of April 16, 2015, may no longer be processed under the 2008 H-2B rule.

Seasonal businesses, including many in the equipment rental industry, use the H-2B program to fill temporary vacancies during peak work periods. Without the program, seasonal businesses are left without a legal mechanism to hire employees when they have exhausted their efforts to recruit American workers. The H-2B visa workforce coalition, of which the American Rental Association (ARA) is a member, had said that the court order in no way required the DOL to suspend processing prevailing wage determinations or labor certifications.

“ARA is hopeful that a new approach through the Congressional appropriations process may be successful in keeping the program functioning, since the Administration and DOL actions seem to indicate a continued effort to undermine the H2-B program,” says John McClelland, ARA vice president, government affairs.

You can find more information about this on the DOL website, foreignlaborcert.doleta.gov.

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APRIL 2015 MEETING NOTICE

meeting-iconDate: Thursday, April 9th, 2015
Place:
 Coastal Rental Equipment, Marstons Mills Ma (Directions)
Time:
5:30 – 7:00 P.M.

Speaker: Fred Stepanis, Jr., Town of Barnstable – Conservation Division
Topic: Landscaping & Tree Work in Conservation Jurisdiction

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Brief description of topics covered

  • Introduction to Wetlands Protection Act
  • Discussion of protected and regulated wetland resources
  • Discussion of landscaping activities that require Conservation approval
  • Discussion of approval process including applications and forms

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MARCH 2015 MEETING NOTICE

Date: Thursday, March 12th, 2015
Place:
 Coastal Rental Equipment, Marstons Mills Ma (Directions)
Time:
5:30 – 7:00 P.M.

Speaker: John Swaringen, Bartlett Tree Experts
Topic: Best Practices for Water Management

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JSwaringenThis month’s meeting features John Swaringen from Bartlett Tree.  John began working at Bartlett in 2002, starting as a groundsman.  He progressed into Plant Health Care, then became a Water Management Representative in 2007.  John is a Certified Irrigation Contractor and works out of the Osterville office.  John will discuss choosing the correct method to deliver water to a specific plant species based on it’s requirements.  John will also talk about utilizing water conservation practices.

Please RSVP so we have plenty of refreshments Please include the names of people attending and your company name so we may have your badges ready for you.  Please RSVP by March 10th so we may plan the food accordingly!

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2015 Taunton John Deere Landscapes University

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John Deere Landscapes invites you to join us for the 2015 Taunton John Deere Landscapes University. You will be attending educational seminars and a vendor trade show where you will have the opportunity to grow, learn, & network with your peers!

Event Schedule – Irrigation Courses

  • When: Wednesday, March 4, 2015
  • Time: 6:30 am – 6:00 pm
  • Where: Holiday Inn & Conference Center – 700 Myles Standish Boulevard Taunton, MA 02780 (Directions)

Click Here for Information and Registration for Irrigation Courses

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Event Schedule – Lawn & Tree Courses

  • When: Wednesday, March 4, 2015
  • Time: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Where: Holiday Inn & Conference Center – 700 Myles Standish Boulevard Taunton, MA 02780 (Directions)

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*** Huge Raffle with over $3,500 in prizes

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