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[FR Doc. 2015–32110 Filed 12–21–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4410–15–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment and Training Administration Labor Certification Process for the Temporary Employment of Aliens in Agriculture in the United States: 2016 Adverse Effect Wage Rates Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) of the Department of Labor (Department) is issuing this notice to announce the 2016 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 SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00060 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 employment for a particular occupation and area so that the wages of similarly employed U.S. workers will not be adversely affected. In this notice, the Department announces the annual update of the AEWRs which must be paid for agricultural work performed by H–2A and U.S. workers on or after the effective date of this notice. DATES: Effective Date: This notice is effective December 22, 2015. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William W. Thompson, II, Acting Administrator, Office of Foreign Labor Certification, U.S. Department of Labor, Box 12–200, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210. Telephone: 202–513–7350 (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); 20 CFR 655.100. Adverse Effect Wage Rates for 2016 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: (1) The AEWR; (2) the prevailing hourly wage rate; (3) the prevailing piece rate; (4) the agreed-upon collective bargaining wage rate, if applicable; or (5) 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 characterized by other than a reasonably regular workday or workweek as described in 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 E:\FR\FM\22DEN1.SGM 22DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 245 / Tuesday, December 22, 2015 / Notices 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 2016 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: 79615 three meals a day; and (2) the maximum travel subsistence reimbursement which a worker with receipts may claim in 2016. agreements across the Federal Government. Authority for this notice is granted under the Clinger-Cohen Act, 40 U.S.C. Subtitle III. Portia Wu, Assistant Secretary, Employment and Training Administration. Tony Scott, Administrator, Office of the Federal Chief Information Officer. Anne Rung, Administrator, Office of Federal Procurement Policy. [FR Doc. 2015–32114 Filed 12–21–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–FP–P [FR Doc. 2015–32059 Filed 12–18–15; 11:15 am] TABLE—2016 ADVERSE EFFECT WAGE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET RATES State mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 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 ............................... Request for Comments on Category Management Policy 16–1: Improving $10.59 the Acquisition and Management of 11.20 Common Information Technology: 10.69 Software Licensing 2016 AEWRs 11.89 11.27 11.74 11.66 10.70 10.59 12.64 11.75 12.07 12.07 12.17 13.80 10.85 10.69 11.74 11.66 11.74 12.02 12.02 10.69 12.17 11.75 13.80 11.27 11.74 11.66 11.20 11.74 10.72 13.80 12.07 11.15 12.69 11.66 11.74 10.59 13.80 10.85 11.15 11.27 11.74 10.72 12.69 10.85 12.02 11.75 Pursuant to the H–2A regulations at 20 CFR 655.173, the Department will publish a separate Federal Register notice in early 2016 to announce (1) the allowable charges for 2016 that employers seeking H–2A workers may charge their workers for providing them VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:21 Dec 21, 2015 BILLING CODE P Jkt 238001 Office of Management and Budget. ACTION: Notice of Public Comment Period. 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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: 2016 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 
2016 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. In this notice, the Department announces the annual update of 
the AEWRs which must be paid for agricultural work performed by H-2A 
and U.S. workers on or after the effective date of this notice.

DATES: Effective Date: This notice is effective December 22, 2015.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William W. Thompson, II, Acting 
Administrator, Office of Foreign Labor Certification, U.S. Department 
of Labor, Box 12-200, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 
20210. Telephone: 202-513-7350 (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); 20 
CFR 655.100.

Adverse Effect Wage Rates for 2016

    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: (1) The AEWR; (2) the prevailing 
hourly wage rate; (3) the prevailing piece rate; (4) the agreed-upon 
collective bargaining wage rate, if applicable; or (5) 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 characterized by other than a reasonably regular workday or 
workweek as described in 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

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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 2016 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--2016 Adverse Effect Wage Rates
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                          State                             2016 AEWRs
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Alabama.................................................          $10.59
Arizona.................................................           11.20
Arkansas................................................           10.69
California..............................................           11.89
Colorado................................................           11.27
Connecticut.............................................           11.74
Delaware................................................           11.66
Florida.................................................           10.70
Georgia.................................................           10.59
Hawaii..................................................           12.64
Idaho...................................................           11.75
Illinois................................................           12.07
Indiana.................................................           12.07
Iowa....................................................           12.17
Kansas..................................................           13.80
Kentucky................................................           10.85
Louisiana...............................................           10.69
Maine...................................................           11.74
Maryland................................................           11.66
Massachusetts...........................................           11.74
Michigan................................................           12.02
Minnesota...............................................           12.02
Mississippi.............................................           10.69
Missouri................................................           12.17
Montana.................................................           11.75
Nebraska................................................           13.80
Nevada..................................................           11.27
New Hampshire...........................................           11.74
New Jersey..............................................           11.66
New Mexico..............................................           11.20
New York................................................           11.74
North Carolina..........................................           10.72
North Dakota............................................           13.80
Ohio....................................................           12.07
Oklahoma................................................           11.15
Oregon..................................................           12.69
Pennsylvania............................................           11.66
Rhode Island............................................           11.74
South Carolina..........................................           10.59
South Dakota............................................           13.80
Tennessee...............................................           10.85
Texas...................................................           11.15
Utah....................................................           11.27
Vermont.................................................           11.74
Virginia................................................           10.72
Washington..............................................           12.69
West Virginia...........................................           10.85
Wisconsin...............................................           12.02
Wyoming.................................................           11.75
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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 2016 to 
announce (1) the allowable charges for 2016 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 a worker 
with receipts may claim in 2016.

Portia Wu,
Assistant Secretary, Employment and Training Administration.
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