The federal government has raised the limit on visas for temporary or seasonal workers in nonagricultural industries by as many as 15,000, or 23%, but employers seeking them must state, under penalty of perjury, that their businesses are “likely to suffer irreparable harm” without the new workers.
Three contractors have been hit with $882,000 in fines and 24 citations from the Alaska Dept. of Labor for their roles in a safety-related incident last September on a project for Anchorage Municipal Light and Power.
In a victory for construction industry groups, a federal court has permanently blocked a U.S. Dept. of Labor rule requiring attorneys and other outside groups to disclose publicly that they provide advice to employers on how to comply with federal labor laws.
At least one construction industry group is pleased that the Dept. of Labor has issued new guidance on complying with its new injury and illness record-keeping rule’s anti-retaliation provisions that relate to drug testing.