DOL to propose online job posting before hiring H-2A guest worker

November 14, 2018
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The United States Labor Department (DOL) will propose a regulation that would require employers seeking H-2A temporary foreign workers to first advertise the positions online instead of placing newspaper advertisements.

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) will publish two notices of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register to revise the process to obtain a "temporary labor certification." The certification is required to hire workers through the H-2A visa program (for seasonal agricultural positions) and the H-2B visa program (for temporary, non-agricultural positions).

Currently, the regulations for both programs require employers seeking guest workers to first publish two print advertisements in an area newspaper. ETA will advance two separate regulations that instead would require employers to post related jobs online for 14 consecutive days.

Posting the positions online would allow a broader pool of workers around the country to compete for the jobs. Earlier in the year, the administration announced future changes that would modernize the H-2A guest worker program that could also include an electronic system for issuing decisions on H-2A applications.

Both notices will be subject to a public comment period that will close December 10, 2018.

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