DOL Releases Final H-2B Recruitment Rule

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On November 15, The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released a final rule that rescinds the H-2B requirement to advertise in print newspapers and instead requires that all jobs be posted on SeasonalJobs.dol.gov, which will be an expanded version of the existing DOL job registry. The new rule takes effect on December 16.

Employers with existing notices of acceptance from DOL will need to follow the instructions in the letter related to print advertising. Starting December 16, DOL will remove this broad-based print newspaper requirement in lieu of advertising on the electronic job registry. However, in certain circumstances DOL may still require print advertisements if it believes that newspaper advertising is more effective in a specific geographic location. Employers should follow the advertising instructions in their notices of acceptance from DOL.

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