In a victory for seasonal H-2B employers, including golf facilities, a federal judge in the Bayou Lawn & Landscape Services vs. Hilda Solis lawsuit issued a preliminary injunction yesterday prohibiting the U.S. Department of Labor from implementing the H-2B visa program overhaul rule.
The H-2B visa program is essential for seasonal businesses that cannot fill seasonal jobs with American workers despite intensive recruitment efforts. The rule was slated to go into effect today. GCSAA’s delegation to National Golf Day earlier this month raised concerns with federal lawmakers about the future of the H-2B visa program.
“Many golf facilities will be unable to fill their staffing needs during their peak season without this program," said Chava McKeel, GCSAA senior manager of information and public policy. "During the peak season golf facilities generate the revenue necessary to keep the facility running year round, therefore it is important they have access to H-2B visa workers. To be sustainable, these businesses depend on the temporary H-2B workers.”