2017 Allowable Charges for H-2A Workers Update

April 28, 2017
workforce development
Allowable Charges for H-2A Workers' Meals and for Travel Subsistence Reimbursement, Including Lodging for 2017
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced the allowable charges that H-2A employers may charge their workers when the employer provides three meals a day and the maximum travel subsistence meal reimbursement that a worker with receipts may claim in 2017.
Allowable Meal Charge: When an H-2A employer provides meals, the job offer must state the charge, if any, to the worker for such meals. For 2017, the maximum allowable meal charge is $12.07 per day unless the DOL approves a higher charge. In 2016, the maximum allowable charge was $12.09 per day.
Reimbursement for Daily Travel Subsistence: In 2017, workers who qualify are entitled to travel reimbursement for meals up to $51 per day when they provide receipts. In determining the appropriate amount of reimbursement for meals for less than a full day, the employer may provide for meal expense reimbursement, with receipts, of a maximum of $38.25. If a worker has no receipts, the employer is not obligated to reimburse more than the minimum subsistence charge for meals during travel, which is $12.07 a day.
To view DOL's notice announcing the 2017 allowable charges, visit: https://tinyurl.com/l5eso9a.

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