MOUNT JULIET, Tenn. (DTN) — Farmers have to post jobs domestically before they can hire foreign workers for seasonal agriculture work, but for years, the law governing H-2A visas required them to publish the job in newspapers.
That changes in October, according to a rule finalized by the Department of Labor on Friday.
Under the new rule, jobs can be posted to an improved version of the department’s electronic job registry, https://seasonaljobs.dol.gov. The agency says the updated website is mobile-friendly, compatible with third-party job-search websites and will make it easier for Americans to find and fill open jobs. It also gives state workforce agencies greater ability to promote awareness of H-2A job opportunities.
The DOL’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification also announced updates to the pertinent H-2A forms and online filing process, making some paper-only forms available for online submission.
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the changes will make it easier for farmers and ranchers to hire farm workers.