DOL Publishes Notice On Changes To Labor Certification Process For H-2B Workers

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[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 42 (Friday, March 2, 2012)]
[Pages 12883-12884]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office []
[FR Doc No: 2012-5159]



Employment and Training Administration

Wage and Hour Division

Announcement of Public Briefings on the Changes to the Labor
Certification Process for the Temporary Non-Agricultural Employment of
H-2B Aliens in the United States

AGENCIES: Employment and Training Administration and Wage and Hour
Division; Department of Labor.

ACTION: Notice of Meeting and Webinars.


SUMMARY: On February 21, 2012, the Department of Labor (the Department
or DOL) published a Final Rule to amend the H-2B regulations at 20 CFR
part 655 governing the certification of temporary employment of
nonimmigrant workers in temporary or seasonal non-agricultural
employment. See Temporary Non-Agricultural Employment of H-2B Aliens in
the United States, Final Rule, 76 FR 10038, Feb. 21, 2012 (the H-2B
Final Rule). The Department's H-2B Final Rule also created new
regulations at 29 CFR part 503 to provide for enhanced enforcement
under the H-2B program requirements should employers fail to meet their
obligations under the H-2B program. The Department has also made
changes to the Application for Temporary Employment Certification, ETA
Form 9142 (OMB Control No. 1205-0466). The H-2B Final Rule is scheduled
to become effective on April 23, 2012.
    The Department has scheduled three webinars and one public briefing
to educate stakeholders, program users, and other interested members of
the public on changes to the H-2B program made by the H-2B Final Rule
and on applying for H-2B temporary labor certifications under the new
regulations using the modified ETA Form 9142.
    As currently planned, the sessions will take place in March and
early April, 2012. The in-person briefing will be held at DOL in
Washington, DC This notice provides the public with dates, location,
and registration information regarding the webinars and public
briefing. These informational sessions are subject to change and/or
cancellation without further notice in the Federal Register. However,
the Department will post any changes related to the webinars on the
Office of Foreign Labor Certification Web site at: and will notify registered
participants of any changes to the in-person briefing. Please note that
the capacity of each webinar is limited to 200 concurrent participants.
Ability to log in to a webinar session is established on a first-come,
first-served basis; please note that all the webinars will cover
essentially the same information. Participants will be able to log in
approximately 30 minutes prior to the official start of the webinar
listed below. We encourage organizations or other groups of
participants to access the webinars at a single, centralized location
to maximize attendance.

DATES: The webinars and briefing dates are:
    1. Wednesday, March 14, 2012, Webinar.
    Time: 1:30 p.m.-4 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
    2. Tuesday, March 20, 2012, Webinar.
    Time: 1:30 p.m.-4 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
    3. Tuesday, March 27, 2012, Webinar.
    Time: 1:30 p.m.-4 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
    4. Tuesday, April 17, 2012, In-person briefing in Washington, DC
    Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Check-in of registered
participants will begin onsite at 9 a.m.

ADDRESSES: The meeting locations are:


    1. To join the Webinars, please follow these steps:
    To join the March 14 Webinar, please go to:
And click ``Join Now''. To join the March 20 Webinar, please go to:

And click ``Join Now''.

    To join the March 27 Webinar, please go to:

And click ``Join Now''.

    2. If a Security Information message appears, click ``Run'' or
    3. Enter your name and email address.
    4. Click ``Join Now''.

In-Person Briefing

    Washington DC--DOL Auditorium, Frances Perkins Building, U.S.
Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210.
    This venue will accommodate 100 participants. All visitors should
enter the building at the visitors' entrance at 3rd and D Streets, NW
and must bring with them a government-issued ID to gain access to the

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information regarding the
Employment and Training Administration's portion of the briefings,
contact William L. Carlson, Ph.D., Administrator, Office of Foreign
Labor Certification, Employment and Training Administration, 200
Constitution Avenue NW., Room C-4312, Washington, DC 20210; Telephone:
(202) 693-3010 (this is not a toll-free number).
    For further information regarding the Wage and Hour Division's
portion of the briefings, contact Jim Kessler, Branch Chief of
Immigration and Farm Labor, Wage and Hour Division, U.S. Department of
Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room S-3510, Washington, DC 20210;
Telephone (202) 693-0070 (this is not a toll-free number).

    Please do not call these offices to register as they cannot accept

    To Join the Webinars: Please follow the instructions above. During
the webinar, you will have an opportunity to email questions. If you
wish to submit your question ahead of time, you can email it to:
    In addition, participants must dial a toll-free number to hear the
conversation. The toll-free number to call is 888-810-9161 and the
passcode is 7393731. (Please note that due to the large number of
participants, callers will not have the ability to ask questions over
the phone line. As noted above, the webinars, including the phone
lines, will be limited to the first 200 participants.)
    To Register for the In-Person Briefing: To register for the in-
person briefing session please email your intent to Please include your name (last name, first
name, middle initial), your organization's name, and your contact
information (phone/fax/email). Due to space considerations, attendance
will be limited to those who register on a first-come, first-served
basis. Participants will be notified that their registration has been
processed. When we reach full capacity for the auditorium, the
Department will post a notice on the Office of Foreign Labor
Certification Web site at:
notify the public that the registration period has closed. We will also
notify participants if this event is cancelled or in the event of any
    This information should be used by any member of the public
planning to attend a webinar or the briefing session.

    Dated: February 24, 2012.
Jane Oates,
Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training.
Nancy Leppink,
Deputy Administrator, Wage and Hour Division.
[FR Doc. 2012-5159 Filed 3-1-12; 8:45 am]

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