Thursday, February 9th, 2017

E.D. Penn. Upholds 2011 H-2B Wage Rule: Louisiana Forestry Assoc. v. Solis (CATA)

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"On January 19, 2011, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued a new regulation to govern the calculation of the minimum wage that a United States employer must offer in order to recruit foreign workers as part of the H-2B visa program (“the 2011 wage rule”). ... A group of associations representing employers in the logging and reforestation, hotel, carnival, sugar cane, and commercial crawfish industries (the “employer associations”) brought this suit to challenge the 2011 wage rule. ... Presently before the Court are cross-motions for summary judgment filed by the employer associations and the defendants—comprising the DOL, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”), and the Secretaries of both agencies (collectively, “federal defendants”). (Doc. Nos. 43, 115.) For the reasons that follow, the federal defendants’ motion (Doc. No. 43) will be granted and the