DOL Issues 2012 Adverse Effect Wage Rates for H-2A Workers

On Thursday, December 22, 2011, the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration issued a notice to announce the new wage rates for temporary and seasonal nonimmigrant foreign workers in the U.S. under the H-2A visa program. These wage rates, known as the Adverse Effect Wage Rates (AEWRs), provide guidance regarding the minimum amount that foreign seasonal workers here on the H-2A visa program must be paid for their work so that the wages of similarly employed U.S. citizens will not be adversely affected.

The notice took effect on December 22; wage rates can be seen at

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DOL Reminds Petitioners of UPS Holiday Schedule

The Department of Labor’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification is reminding petitioners of the holiday schedule for United Parcel Service (UPS). UPS will not be providing delivery or pick-up services on Friday, December 23, 2011. All petitioners, DOL states, should make sure they submit their correspondence in a timely fashion to the Chicago National Processing Center to ensure UPS pick-up scheduling over the holiday week.

The Chicago National Processing Center will work hard to ensure that all H-2A and H-2B deadlines for December 23 and 26, 2011, are met by December 22, 2011. It is important that petitions and other requests are sent with the UPS schedule in mind.

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