Texas Congressman Henry Cuellar has filed the "H-2B Returning Worker Exception Act of 2021" which provides for a permanent Returning Worker Exemption (RWE) to the H-2B cap. With a three year "look-back", this bill would provide meaningful H-2B cap relief, addressing a problem that has plagued the green industry in Texas for too long.
This bill has already gathered bipartisan support from across the country. It's now time to get all of Texas' congressional delegation signed-on in public support. Texas will be uniquely benefited by addressing the H-2B cap since our state and industry use more of these visas than any other state in the nation. Each H-2B visa worker support 4.64 American jobs. Companies can plan and invest with more reliable federal labor programs.
TNLA, in coordination with the national H-2B Workforce Coalition, released a statement on Tuesday applauding the filing of this bill. You can find the press release HERE.
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What Does the Bill Do?
The bill as filed provides for:
-An exemption from the 66,000 annual H-2B cap workers to those who have been admitted to work in the United States on an H-2B visa during one of the past three fiscal years;
-Requires the Departments of Labor (DOL), Homeland Security (DHS) and State to create a single on-line filing portal that would eliminate the need to express mail paper documents;
-Require DOL to maintain an online jobs registry;
-Include some program integrity measures and increase the maximum penalties that could be levied against employers who willingly and repeatedly violate the program’s requirements.
-Address misconduct by foreign recruiters and strengthen workers safety standards for H-2B employees while in the United States.