4th Circ. Strikes DOL Changes To Guest Worker Program

Law360, New York (December 21, 2012, 7:53 PM ET) -- The Fourth Circuit on Friday vacated the U.S. Department of Labor's 2009 decision to suspend regulations for the "guest worker" program — a move that would have required agricultural employers to pay temporary workers higher wages — saying the agency didn't provide proper noticing requirements before making the changes.

The appeals court said the federal government, which suspended changes made in 2008 to the H-2A program, refused to consider comments about the decision that drew the ire of lobbying groups advocating for agricultural employers. The H-2A...
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