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DOL/ETA RIN: 1205-AB61 Publication ID: Fall 2011 
Title: Wage Methodology for the Temporary Nonagricultural Employment H-2B Program 
Abstract: The Immigration and Nationality Act, as amended, requires the Department of Homeland Security, before the approval of H-2B visa petitions to consult with other agencies. DHS' regulation at 8 CFR 214.2(h)(6) requires that an intending employer first apply for a temporary labor certification from the Department of Labor. Specifically, DOL certifies that there is not sufficient U.S. worker(s) able, available, willing and qualified at the time of an application for a visa, and that the employment of the alien will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of similarly employed U.S. workers. In order to ensure that there is no adverse effect, the Department requires employers to pay the prevailing wage to H-2B workers and U.S. workers hired in response to the required recruitment. The prevailing wage calculation methodology under the current H-2B regulation became the subject of litigation, and as a result, on January 19, 2011, DOL published a Final Rule (the Wage Rule) which established a new prevailing wage methodology for the H-2B labor certification program. The Wage Rule had an effective date of January 1, 2012, which was invalidated by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on June 15, 2011. The Department initially amended the effective date of the Wage Final Rule to September 30, 2011 but, due to a subsequent series of judicial and legislative actions, most recently amended the effective date of the Wage Final Rule to October 1, 2012. 
Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 8 CFR 214.2(h)(6); 20 CFR 655.10 
Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(B); 8 USC 1184(c) 
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Judicial    01/18/2011 

Overall Description of Deadline: The U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ordered the Department to promulgate a new rule on the calculation of the prevailing wage no later than January 18, 2011. On June 15, 2011, the court issued a subsequent ruling in the CATA litigation that invalidated the January 1, 2012, effective date and ordered the Department to announce a new effective date for the rule within 45 days from June 15, 2011.

Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  10/05/2010  75 FR 61578 
NPRM Extension of Comment Period  11/03/2010  75 FR 67662 
NPRM Comment Period End  11/04/2010   
NPRM Extension of Comment Period End  11/12/2010   
Final Rule  01/19/2011  76 FR 3452 
NPRM  06/28/2011  76 FR 37686 
NPRM Comment Period End  07/08/2011   
Final Action  08/01/2011  76 FR 45667 
Notice of Postponement of Effective Date  09/28/2011  76 FR 59896 
Final Action Effective  09/30/2011  76 FR 45667 
Guidance  09/30/2011  76 FR 60720 
Guidance Effective  09/30/2011   
Final Rule-Delay of Effective Date  01/29/2011  76 FR 73508 
Guidance  11/29/2011  76 FR 73509 
Final Rule-Delay of Effective Date  12/30/2011   
Final Rule Effective  10/01/2012   
Guidance  12/30/2011  76 FR 82116 
Guidance Effective  12/30/2011   
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: State 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
International Impacts: This regulatory action will be likely to have international trade and investment effects, or otherwise be of international interest.
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
William L. Carlson Ph.D.
Administrator, Office of Foreign Labor Certification
Department of Labor
Employment and Training Administration
Room C-4312, FP Building, 200 Constitution Avenue NW.,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone:202 693-3010
Email: carlson.william@dol.gov

 
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