The Department of Labor (DOL) has targeted the H-2B program for termination. In one of its first efforts to dismantle the program, DOL issued a new prevailing wage rule. According to DOL, that wage regulation will increase the costs for H-2B employees by nearly $4.50/hour.
When the rule was first published, it had an effective date of January 1, 2012. However, pursuant to an amendment to the rule, DOL has now sped up the effective date to September 30, 2011.
Those clubs that use the H-2B program must prepare for this wage hike now. Not only will this new prevailing wage be in effect for those H-2B workers who begin work after 9/30/11, but that wage must also be used for those H-2B workers who are here now and are due paychecks after 9/30/11.