Labor Certification Process for the Temporary Employment of Aliens in Agriculture in the United States: 2015 Adverse Effect Wage Rates, 75839-75840 [2014-29746]

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AEWRs are the minimum wage rates the Department has determined must be offered and paid by employers to H–2A workers and workers in corresponding employment for a particular occupation and area so that the wages of similarly mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:37 Dec 18, 2014 Jkt 235001 employed U.S. workers will not be adversely affected. 20 CFR 655.100(b). In this notice, the Department announces the annual update of the AEWRs. DATES: Effective Date: This notice is effective December 19, 2014. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William W. Thompson, Acting Administrator, Office of Foreign Labor Certification, U.S. Department of Labor, Room C–4312, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210. Telephone: 202–693–3010 (this is not a toll-free number). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services of the Department of Homeland Security will not approve an employer’s petition for the admission of H–2A nonimmigrant temporary agricultural workers in the U.S. unless the petitioner has received from the Department an H– 2A labor certification. The labor certification provides that: (1) There are not sufficient U.S. workers who are able, willing, and qualified and who will be available at the time and place needed to perform the labor or services involved in the petition; and (2) the employment of the foreign worker(s) in such labor or services will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of workers in the U.S. similarly employed. 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(a), 1184(c)(1), and 1188(a); 8 CFR 214.2(h)(5). Adverse Effect Wage Rates for 2015 The Department’s H–2A regulations at 20 CFR 655.120(l) provide that employers must pay their H–2A workers and workers in corresponding employment at least the highest of: (i) The AEWR; (ii) the prevailing hourly wage rate; (iii) the prevailing piece rate; (iv) the agreed-upon collective bargaining wage rate, if applicable; or (v) the Federal or State minimum wage rate, in effect at the time the work is performed. Except as otherwise provided in 20 CFR part 655, subpart B, the regionwide AEWR for all agricultural employment (except those occupations deemed inappropriate under the special procedure provisions of 20 CFR 655.102) for which temporary H–2A certification is being sought is equal to the annual weighted average hourly wage rate for field and livestock workers (combined) in the State or region as published annually by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). 20 CFR 655.120(c) requires that the Administrator of the Office of Foreign Labor Certification publish the USDA field and livestock worker (combined) wage data as AEWRs in a Federal PO 00000 Frm 00056 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 75839 Register notice. Accordingly, the 2015 AEWRs to be paid for agricultural work performed by H–2A and U.S. workers on or after the effective date of this notice are set forth in the table below: TABLE—2015 ADVERSE EFFECT WAGE RATES State Alabama ................................ Arizona .................................. Arkansas ............................... California ............................... Colorado ............................... Connecticut ........................... Delaware ............................... Florida ................................... Georgia ................................. Hawaii ................................... Idaho ..................................... Illinois .................................... Indiana .................................. Iowa ...................................... Kansas .................................. Kentucky ............................... Louisiana .............................. Maine .................................... Maryland ............................... Massachusetts ...................... Michigan ............................... Minnesota ............................. Mississippi ............................ Missouri ................................ Montana ................................ Nebraska .............................. Nevada ................................. New Hampshire .................... New Jersey ........................... New Mexico .......................... New York .............................. North Carolina ...................... North Dakota ........................ Ohio ...................................... Oklahoma ............................. Oregon .................................. Pennsylvania ........................ Rhode Island ........................ South Carolina ...................... South Dakota ........................ Tennessee ............................ Texas .................................... Utah ...................................... Vermont ................................ Virginia .................................. Washington ........................... West Virginia ........................ Wisconsin ............................. Wyoming ............................... 2015 AEWRs $10.00 10.54 10.18 11.33 11.37 11.26 11.29 10.19 10.00 12.98 11.14 11.61 11.61 12.62 13.59 10.28 10.18 11.26 11.29 11.26 11.56 11.56 10.18 12.62 11.14 13.59 11.37 11.26 11.29 10.54 11.26 10.32 13.59 11.61 10.35 12.42 11.29 11.26 10.00 13.59 10.28 10.35 11.37 11.26 10.32 12.42 10.28 11.56 11.14 Pursuant to the H–2A regulations at 20 CFR 655.173, the Department will publish a separate Federal Register notice in early 2015 to announce (1) the allowable charges for 2015 that employers seeking H–2A workers may charge their workers for providing them three meals a day; and (2) the maximum travel subsistence reimbursement which E:\FR\FM\19DEN1.SGM 19DEN1 75840 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 244 / Friday, December 19, 2014 / Notices The amended notice applicable to TA–W–82,253 is hereby issued as follows: a worker with receipts may claim in 2015. Portia Wu, Assistant Secretary, Employment and Training Administration. All workers from Cardinal Health, Financial Shared Services West and Customer Care Pricing and Contracts, including Aerotek, eXcel Staffing, Experis Finance (Manpower), Ricoh, USA, Dawson Creative, Mergis Group, and Tailored Management, Albuquerque, New Mexico, who became totally or partially separated from employment on or after December 13, 2011 through December 21, 2014, and all workers in the group threatened with total or partial separation from employment on the date of certification through December 21, 2014, are eligible to apply for adjustment assistance under Chapter 2 of Title II of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended. [FR Doc. 2014–29746 Filed 12–18–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–FP–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment and Training Administration [TA–W–82,253] mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Cardinal Health, Financial Shared Services West and Customer Care Pricing and Contracts, Including OnSite Leased Workers From Aerotek, Excel Staffing, Experis Finance (Manpower), Ricoh, USA, Dawson Creative, Mergis Group and Tailored Management Albuquerque, New Mexico; Amended Certification Regarding Eligibility To Apply for Worker Adjustment Assistance Signed at Washington, DC, this 1st day of December 2014. Michael W. Jaffe, Certifying Officer, Office of Trade Adjustment Assistance. [FR Doc. 2014–29683 Filed 12–18–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–FN–P In accordance with Section 223 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (‘‘Act’’), 19 U.S.C. 2273, the Department of Labor issued a Certification of Eligibility to Apply for Worker Adjustment Assistance on December 21, 2012, applicable to workers of Cardinal Health, Financial Shared Services West, including on-site leased workers from Aerotek, eXcel Staffing, and Experis Finance (Manpower), Albuquerque, New Mexico. The workers are engaged in activities related to back office financial services. The Department’s Notice was published in the Federal Register on January 10, 2013 (78 FR 2289). The certification was amended on February 8, 2013 to include on-site leased from Ricoh, USA, Dawson Creative, Mergis Group, and Tailored Management were employed on-site at the Albuquerque, New Mexico location of the subject firm. The Department’s Notice was published in the Federal Register on February 22, 2013 (78 FR 12358). The Department reviewed the certification applicable to the workers and former workers of the subject firm. New information shows that worker separations in Customer Care Pricing and Contracts (C&P), at the Albuquerque, New Mexico location are attributable to the acquisition of services from a foreign country that was the basis for the original certification. Based on these findings, the Department is amending this certification to include workers of Customer Care Pricing and Contracts (C&P) at the Albuquerque, New Mexico location of the subject firm. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:37 Dec 18, 2014 Jkt 235001 DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Occupational Safety and Health Administration [Docket No. OSHA–2006–0040] SGS North America, Inc.: Grant of Expansion of Recognition Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In this notice, OSHA announces its final decision to expand the scope of recognition for SGS North America, Inc., as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL). DATES: The expansion of the scope of recognition becomes effective on December 19, 2014. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Information regarding this notice is available from the following sources: Press inquiries: Contact Mr. Frank Meilinger, Director, OSHA Office of Communications, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room N–3647, Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693–1999; email: meilinger.francis2@dol.gov. General and technical information: Contact Mr. Kevin Robinson, Acting Director, Office of Technical Programs and Coordination Activities, Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room N–3655, Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693–2110; email: SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00057 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 robinson.kevin@dol.gov. OSHA’s Web page includes information about the NRTL Program (see http:// www.osha.gov/dts/otpca/nrtl/ index.html). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Notice of Final Decision OSHA hereby gives notice of the expansion of the scope of recognition of SGS North America, Inc. (SGS), as an NRTL. SGS’s expansion covers the addition of four test standards to its scope of recognition. OSHA recognition of an NRTL signifies that the organization meets the requirements specified by 29 CFR 1910.7. Recognition is an acknowledgment that the organization can perform independent safety testing and certification of the specific products covered within its scope of recognition and is not a delegation or grant of government authority. As a result of recognition, employers may use products properly approved by the NRTL to meet OSHA standards that require testing and certification of the products. The Agency processes applications by an NRTL for initial recognition, or for expansion or renewal of this recognition, following requirements in Appendix A to 29 CFR 1910.7. This appendix requires that the Agency publish two notices in the Federal Register in processing an application. In the first notice, OSHA announces the application and provides its preliminary finding and, in the second notice, the Agency provides its final decision on the application. These notices set forth the NRTL’s scope of recognition or modifications of that scope. OSHA maintains an informational Web page for each NRTL that details its scope of recognition. These pages are available from the Agency’s Web site at http:// www.osha.gov/dts/otpca/nrtl/ index.html. SGS submitted an application, dated May 28, 2014 (OSHA–2006–0040–0014, Exhibit 14–3—SGS Request for Expansion), to expand its recognition to include four 1 additional test standards. OSHA staff performed a detailed analysis of the application packet and reviewed other pertinent information. OSHA did not perform any on-site reviews in relation to this application. OSHA published the preliminary notice announcing SGS’s expansion application in the Federal Register on 1 In its application, SGS initially requested expansion for 5 standards. However, documentation for the fifth standard, UL 859, was submitted late and the review of SGS’s capabilities for that standard will be handled separately. E:\FR\FM\19DEN1.SGM 19DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Employment and Training Administration


Labor Certification Process for the Temporary Employment of 
Aliens in Agriculture in the United States: 2015 Adverse Effect Wage 
Rates

AGENCY: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) of the 
Department of Labor (Department) is issuing this notice to announce the 
2015 Adverse Effect Wage Rates (AEWRs) for the employment of temporary 
or seasonal nonimmigrant foreign workers (H-2A workers) to perform 
agricultural labor or services.
    AEWRs are the minimum wage rates the Department has determined must 
be offered and paid by employers to H-2A workers and workers in 
corresponding employment for a particular occupation and area so that 
the wages of similarly employed U.S. workers will not be adversely 
affected. 20 CFR 655.100(b). In this notice, the Department announces 
the annual update of the AEWRs.

DATES: Effective Date: This notice is effective December 19, 2014.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William W. Thompson, Acting 
Administrator, Office of Foreign Labor Certification, U.S. Department 
of Labor, Room C-4312, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 
20210. Telephone: 202-693-3010 (this is not a toll-free number).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration 
Services of the Department of Homeland Security will not approve an 
employer's petition for the admission of H-2A nonimmigrant temporary 
agricultural workers in the U.S. unless the petitioner has received 
from the Department an H-2A labor certification. The labor 
certification provides that: (1) There are not sufficient U.S. workers 
who are able, willing, and qualified and who will be available at the 
time and place needed to perform the labor or services involved in the 
petition; and (2) the employment of the foreign worker(s) in such labor 
or services will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions 
of workers in the U.S. similarly employed. 8 U.S.C. 
1101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(a), 1184(c)(1), and 1188(a); 8 CFR 214.2(h)(5).

 Adverse Effect Wage Rates for 2015

    The Department's H-2A regulations at 20 CFR 655.120(l) provide that 
employers must pay their H-2A workers and workers in corresponding 
employment at least the highest of: (i) The AEWR; (ii) the prevailing 
hourly wage rate; (iii) the prevailing piece rate; (iv) the agreed-upon 
collective bargaining wage rate, if applicable; or (v) the Federal or 
State minimum wage rate, in effect at the time the work is performed.
    Except as otherwise provided in 20 CFR part 655, subpart B, the 
region-wide AEWR for all agricultural employment (except those 
occupations deemed inappropriate under the special procedure provisions 
of 20 CFR 655.102) for which temporary H-2A certification is being 
sought is equal to the annual weighted average hourly wage rate for 
field and livestock workers (combined) in the State or region as 
published annually by the United States Department of Agriculture 
(USDA). 20 CFR 655.120(c) requires that the Administrator of the Office 
of Foreign Labor Certification publish the USDA field and livestock 
worker (combined) wage data as AEWRs in a Federal Register notice. 
Accordingly, the 2015 AEWRs to be paid for agricultural work performed 
by H-2A and U.S. workers on or after the effective date of this notice 
are set forth in the table below:

                  Table--2015 Adverse Effect Wage Rates
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                          State                             2015 AEWRs
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Alabama.................................................          $10.00
Arizona.................................................           10.54
Arkansas................................................           10.18
California..............................................           11.33
Colorado................................................           11.37
Connecticut.............................................           11.26
Delaware................................................           11.29
Florida.................................................           10.19
Georgia.................................................           10.00
Hawaii..................................................           12.98
Idaho...................................................           11.14
Illinois................................................           11.61
Indiana.................................................           11.61
Iowa....................................................           12.62
Kansas..................................................           13.59
Kentucky................................................           10.28
Louisiana...............................................           10.18
Maine...................................................           11.26
Maryland................................................           11.29
Massachusetts...........................................           11.26
Michigan................................................           11.56
Minnesota...............................................           11.56
Mississippi.............................................           10.18
Missouri................................................           12.62
Montana.................................................           11.14
Nebraska................................................           13.59
Nevada..................................................           11.37
New Hampshire...........................................           11.26
New Jersey..............................................           11.29
New Mexico..............................................           10.54
New York................................................           11.26
North Carolina..........................................           10.32
North Dakota............................................           13.59
Ohio....................................................           11.61
Oklahoma................................................           10.35
Oregon..................................................           12.42
Pennsylvania............................................           11.29
Rhode Island............................................           11.26
South Carolina..........................................           10.00
South Dakota............................................           13.59
Tennessee...............................................           10.28
Texas...................................................           10.35
Utah....................................................           11.37
Vermont.................................................           11.26
Virginia................................................           10.32
Washington..............................................           12.42
West Virginia...........................................           10.28
Wisconsin...............................................           11.56
Wyoming.................................................           11.14
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    Pursuant to the H-2A regulations at 20 CFR 655.173, the Department 
will publish a separate Federal Register notice in early 2015 to 
announce (1) the allowable charges for 2015 that employers seeking H-2A 
workers may charge their workers for providing them three meals a day; 
and (2) the maximum travel subsistence reimbursement which

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a worker with receipts may claim in 2015.

Portia Wu,
Assistant Secretary, Employment and Training Administration.
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