WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) took steps to strengthen protections for temporary workers through the H-2A temporary agricultural and the H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker programs (H-2 programs). In a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) published today , DHS proposed modernizing and improving the H-2 programs by providing greater flexibility and protections for participating workers, and improving the program’s efficiency. This would include strengthening protections for workers from exploitative conduct by employers, including the addition of whistleblower protections.

“For years, H-2A and H-2B temporary worker visa recipients have been essential to our seasonal and agricultural economies,” said […]

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