DOL Delays Effective Date of H-2B Wage Rule, Announces Electronic Filing for H-2A, H-2B Labor Cert Applications
In anticipation of the enactment of H.J. Res 117, which prohibits the Department of Labor from expending funds to implement the 2011 H-2B wage rule for the duration of that continuing resolution, the Department expects to publish a final rule extending the effective date of the 2011 wage rule to March 27, 2013. It has not yet been published in the Federal Register but is available as PDF.
Also, the Department announced the implementation of electronic filing for nonimmigrant temporary labor certification applications under the H-2A and H-2B visa programs through the iCERT Visa Portal System (iCERT System), at http://icert.doleta.gov. Employers or their authorized representatives may submit H-2B applications electronically beginning on October 15, 2012, and H-2A applications beginning on December 10, 2012.
The Department will hold four webinar training sessions (two for filing in the H-2B program and two for filing in the H-2A program) to orient program users to electronic filing through the iCERT System. These sessions will be announced on the OFLC’s Web site (http://www.foreignlaborcert.doleta.gov/) once dates are finalized. Employers or their authorized representatives choosing not to use this new filing option must continue to file their H-2A and H-2B applications with the Department using the traditional paper-based filing method.
The electronic filing notice is available at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-09-28/pdf/2012-23884.pdf.