From NTRA WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 6, 2012) -- The Department of Labor has delayed the effective date of a new wage rule related to the H-2B temporary worker program from January 1, 2012, to October 1, 2012. The effective date has changed several times over the past five months. This most recent delay is the result of new federal legislation that prohibits any funds appropriated in fiscal year 2012 (ending on September 30, 2012) from being used to implement the new rule.
The new wage rule adjusts the methodology used to calculate the prevailing wage rate to be paid to H-2B workers and U.S. workers who were recruited to fill those positions. In some cases, the new formula would raise rates by as much as 100 percent and have a severe negative impact on horse trainers and owners.
Click here to read more on the delay of effective date for the new wage rule.
Click here for guidance on how employers should proceed with previously issued prevailing wage determinations.
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