The Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced changes to the H-2B visa temporary worker program that are scheduled to take effect on April 23, 2012. These updates could have a significant impact on how those employing H-2B workers, including owners and trainers in the Thoroughbred industry, conduct business.

Click here for more information on the final rule, including the complete rule, a side by side comparison of the 2012 and 2009 rules and various fact sheets.

The DOL also has announced three webinars for employers to become more familiar with the new requirements and have their questions answered by senior Department officials. These events are scheduled for March 14, 20 and 27 from 1:30 pm EDT to 4:00 pm EDT.  To access any of the three webinars, visit this web site on one of the above dates and dial 1-888-810-9161 (enter access code 7393731 when prompted) to participate.

Congressman Rodney Alexander (R-LA) filed a resolution of disapproval of the controversial final rule that increases the costs and burdens placed on employers. To support this effort, contact your Congressperson and ask them to cosponsor Rep. Alexander’s resolution.