Labor Certification Process for the Temporary Employment of Aliens in Agriculture in the United States: 2020 Adverse Effect Wage Rates for Non-Range Occupations, 69774-69775 [2019-27410]

Download as PDF 69774 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 244 / Thursday, December 19, 2019 / Notices TA–W No. Subject firm Location 94669 ......... 94858 ......... Gannett Satellite Information Network, LLC ..................... Teck Washington Incorporated ......................................... 94272 ......... 94441 ......... Harman International Industries, Inc. ................................ Hon Hai/Foxconn Technology Group ............................... McLean, VA ...... Metaline Falls, WA. Novi, MI ............ Plainfield, IN ..... Employment and Training Administration (ETA), Labor. ACTION: Notice. Secretary, Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor, Box #12–200, 200 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20210, Telephone: (202) 693–2772 (this is not a toll-free number). Individuals with hearing or speech impairments may access the telephone number above via TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Information Relay Service at 1–877–889–5627 (TTY/ TDD). 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 and seasonal agricultural workers in the United States unless the petitioner has received an H– 2A labor certification from the Department. 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 United States 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. The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) of the Department of Labor (Department) is issuing this notice to announce the 2020 Adverse Effect Wage Rates (AEWR) for the employment of temporary or seasonal nonimmigrant foreign workers (H–2A workers) to perform agricultural labor or services other than the herding or production of livestock on the range. 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 and working conditions of similarly employed workers in the United States will not be adversely affected. In this notice, the Department announces the annual update of the AEWRs. DATES: These rates are applicable January 2, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas M. Dowd, Deputy Assistant Adverse Effect Wage Rates for 2020 The Department’s H–2A regulations at 20 CFR 655.122(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; or (v) the federal or state minimum wage rate in effect at the time the work is performed. Further, when the AEWR is adjusted during a work contract and is higher than the highest of the previous AEWR, the prevailing hourly wage rate, the prevailing piece rate, the agreed-upon collective bargaining wage, the Federal minimum wage rate, or the state minimum wage rate, the employer must pay that adjusted AEWR upon the effective date of the new rate, as provided in the applicable Federal Register Notice. See 20 CFR 655.122(l) (requiring the applicable AEWR or other I hereby certify that the aforementioned determinations were issued during the period of November 1, 2019 through November 30, 2019. These determinations are available on the Department’s website https:// www.doleta.gov/tradeact/petitioners/ taa_search_form.cfm under the searchable listing determinations or by calling the Office of Trade Adjustment Assistance toll free at 888–365–6822. Signed at Washington, DC, this 6th day of December 2019. Hope D. Kinglock, Certifying Officer, Office of Trade Adjustment Assistance. [FR Doc. 2019–27329 Filed 12–18–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–FN–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment and Training Administration Labor Certification Process for the Temporary Employment of Aliens in Agriculture in the United States: 2020 Adverse Effect Wage Rates for NonRange Occupations AGENCY: SUMMARY: lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES Impact date VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:13 Dec 18, 2019 Jkt 250001 PO 00000 Frm 00055 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Reason(s) 3/27/2018 5/29/2018 Worker Group Clarification. Worker Group Clarification. 10/12/2017 1/3/2018 Worker Group Clarification. Worker Group Clarification. wage rate to be paid based on the AEWR or rate in effect ‘‘at the time work is performed’’). The AEWR for all agricultural employment (except for the herding or production of livestock on the range, which is covered by 20 CFR 655.200– 235) 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 U.S. 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 2020 AEWRs to be paid for agricultural work performed by H–2A and U.S. workers on and after the effective date of this notice are set forth in the table below: TABLE—2020 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 ........................ E:\FR\FM\19DEN1.SGM 19DEN1 2020 AEWRs $11.71 12.91 11.83 14.77 14.26 14.29 13.34 11.71 11.71 14.90 13.62 14.52 14.52 14.58 14.99 12.40 11.83 14.29 13.34 14.29 14.40 14.40 11.83 14.58 13.62 14.99 14.26 14.29 13.34 12.91 14.29 12.67 14.99 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 244 / Thursday, December 19, 2019 / Notices TABLE—2020 ADVERSE EFFECT WAGE perform herding or production of livestock on the range for 2020. RATES—Continued State Ohio ...................................... Oklahoma ............................. Oregon .................................. Pennsylvania ........................ Rhode Island ........................ South Carolina ...................... South Dakota ........................ Tennessee ............................ Texas .................................... Utah ...................................... Vermont ................................ Virginia .................................. Washington ........................... West Virginia ........................ Wisconsin ............................. Wyoming ............................... 2020 AEWRs 14.52 12.67 15.83 13.34 14.29 11.71 14.99 12.40 12.67 14.26 14.29 12.67 15.83 12.40 14.40 13.62 Pursuant to the H–2A regulations at 20 CFR 655.173, the Department will publish a separate Federal Register Notice in early 2020 to announce: (1) The allowable charges for 2020 that employers seeking H–2A workers may charge their workers for providing them three meals a day; and (2) the maximum travel subsistence reimbursement that a worker with receipts may claim in 2020. Also in a separate Federal Register Notice, the Department will publish the monthly AEWR for workers engaged to John Pallasch, Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training. [FR Doc. 2019–27410 Filed 12–18–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–FP–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment and Training Administration Investigations Regarding Eligibility To Apply for Worker Adjustment Assistance Petitions have been filed with the Secretary of Labor under Section 221(a) of the Trade Act of 1974 (‘‘the Act’’) and are identified in the Appendix to this notice. Upon receipt of these petitions, the Administrator of the Office of Trade Adjustment Assistance, Employment and Training Administration, has instituted investigations pursuant to Section 221(a) of the Act. The purpose of each of the investigations is to determine whether the workers are eligible to apply for adjustment assistance under Title II, Chapter 2, of the Act. The investigations will further relate, as appropriate, to the 69775 determination of the date on which total or partial separations began or threatened to begin and the subdivision of the firm involved. The petitioners or any other persons showing a substantial interest in the subject matter of the investigations may request a public hearing provided such request is filed in writing with the Administrator, Office of Trade Adjustment Assistance, at the address shown below, no later than December 30, 2019. Interested persons are invited to submit written comments regarding the subject matter of the investigations to the Administrator, Office of Trade Adjustment Assistance, at the address shown below, not later than December 30, 2019. The petitions filed in this case are available for inspection at the Office of the Administrator, Office of Trade Adjustment Assistance, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N–5428, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20210. Signed at Washington, DC, this 6th day of December 2019. Hope D. Kinglock, Certifying Officer, Office of Trade Adjustment Assistance. APPENDIX [93 TAA Petitions Instituted between 11/1/19 and 11/30/19] Subject firm (petitioners) Location Fish People Inc. (State/One-Stop) ............................................ Siemens Government Technologies, Inc. (State/One-Stop) .... Smithfield Fresh Meats Company (State/One-Stop) ................ Synchrony Bank (Company) ..................................................... Cascade Tissue Group—Waterford, a division of Cascades Tissue Group (State/One-Stop). Citicorp Credit Services, Inc. (USA) (Workers) ........................ MTBC Inc. (State/One-Stop) ..................................................... Sitel (Workers) .......................................................................... Chattem Chemical Inc. (State/One-Stop) ................................. Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (State/One-Stop) ............................ La-Z-Boy West (State/One-Stop) .............................................. Regal Beloit America, Inc. (State/One-Stop) ............................ The Terminix International Company, L.P. (State/One-Stop) ... Goldman Sachs (State/One-Stop) ............................................ Morgantown Machine & Hydralics of West Virginia Inc. (Union). RPC Superfos, US Incorporated (State/One-Stop) .................. Simonds Saw LLC (State/One-Stop) ........................................ Unilever (State/One-Stop) ......................................................... Arrow Electronics (State/One-Stop) .......................................... Leoni Wiring (State/One-Stop) .................................................. Vision Ease (State/One-Stop) ................................................... WaveFront Technology Inc. (State/One-Stop) .......................... 99 Cents only Stores (State/One-Stop) .................................... Aspect Software (State/One-Stop) ............................................ Jacobs Engineering (State/One-Stop) ...................................... Distinctive Apparel International (Workers) .............................. Flambeau River Papers (Workers) ........................................... Drs Foster & Smith Petco (Workers) ........................................ Sap America—Sybase Inc. (State/One-Stop) ........................... Avmed Health Plans (State/One-Stop) ..................................... Toledo, OR .............................. Wellsville, NY .......................... Newport News, VA .................. Stamford, CT ........................... Waterford, NY ......................... 11/01/19 11/01/19 11/01/19 11/01/19 11/04/19 10/31/19 10/31/19 10/31/19 10/22/19 11/01/19 Elk Grove Village, IL ............... Somerest, NJ .......................... Glasgow, KY ........................... Chattanooga, TN ..................... Colonial Heights, VA ............... Redlands, CA .......................... West Plains, MO ..................... Memphis, TN ........................... New York City, NY .................. Morgantown, WV ..................... 11/04/19 11/04/19 11/04/19 11/05/19 11/05/19 11/05/19 11/05/19 11/05/19 11/06/19 11/06/19 11/01/19 11/01/19 11/02/19 11/04/19 11/04/19 11/04/19 11/04/19 11/04/19 11/05/19 11/01/19 Winchester, VA ....................... Fitchburg, MA .......................... Shelton, CT ............................. Windsor, CT ............................ Tucson, AZ .............................. Ramsey, MN ........................... Paramount, CA ........................ Commerce, CA ........................ Phoenix, AZ ............................. Englewood, CO ....................... Randolph, MA ......................... Park Falls, WI .......................... Rhinelander, WI ...................... San Ramon, CA ...................... 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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: 2020 Adverse Effect Wage 
Rates for Non-Range Occupations

AGENCY: Employment and Training Administration (ETA), 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 
2020 Adverse Effect Wage Rates (AEWR) for the employment of temporary 
or seasonal nonimmigrant foreign workers (H-2A workers) to perform 
agricultural labor or services other than the herding or production of 
livestock on the range. 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 and working conditions of similarly employed 
workers in the United States will not be adversely affected. In this 
notice, the Department announces the annual update of the AEWRs.

DATES: These rates are applicable January 2, 2020.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas M. Dowd, Deputy Assistant 
Secretary, Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor, 
Box #12-200, 200 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20210, Telephone: 
(202) 693-2772 (this is not a toll-free number). Individuals with 
hearing or speech impairments may access the telephone number above via 
TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Information Relay Service at 1-
877-889-5627 (TTY/TDD).

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 
and seasonal agricultural workers in the United States unless the 
petitioner has received an H-2A labor certification from the 
Department. 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 United States 
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 2020

    The Department's H-2A regulations at 20 CFR 655.122(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; or (v) the federal or state minimum 
wage rate in effect at the time the work is performed. Further, when 
the AEWR is adjusted during a work contract and is higher than the 
highest of the previous AEWR, the prevailing hourly wage rate, the 
prevailing piece rate, the agreed-upon collective bargaining wage, the 
Federal minimum wage rate, or the state minimum wage rate, the employer 
must pay that adjusted AEWR upon the effective date of the new rate, as 
provided in the applicable Federal Register Notice. See 20 CFR 
655.122(l) (requiring the applicable AEWR or other wage rate to be paid 
based on the AEWR or rate in effect ``at the time work is performed'').
    The AEWR for all agricultural employment (except for the herding or 
production of livestock on the range, which is covered by 20 CFR 
655.200-235) 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 U.S. 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 2020 AEWRs to be paid for agricultural work performed 
by H-2A and U.S. workers on and after the effective date of this notice 
are set forth in the table below:

                  Table--2020 Adverse Effect Wage Rates
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                          State                             2020 AEWRs
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Alabama.................................................          $11.71
Arizona.................................................           12.91
Arkansas................................................           11.83
California..............................................           14.77
Colorado................................................           14.26
Connecticut.............................................           14.29
Delaware................................................           13.34
Florida.................................................           11.71
Georgia.................................................           11.71
Hawaii..................................................           14.90
Idaho...................................................           13.62
Illinois................................................           14.52
Indiana.................................................           14.52
Iowa....................................................           14.58
Kansas..................................................           14.99
Kentucky................................................           12.40
Louisiana...............................................           11.83
Maine...................................................           14.29
Maryland................................................           13.34
Massachusetts...........................................           14.29
Michigan................................................           14.40
Minnesota...............................................           14.40
Mississippi.............................................           11.83
Missouri................................................           14.58
Montana.................................................           13.62
Nebraska................................................           14.99
Nevada..................................................           14.26
New Hampshire...........................................           14.29
New Jersey..............................................           13.34
New Mexico..............................................           12.91
New York................................................           14.29
North Carolina..........................................           12.67
North Dakota............................................           14.99

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Ohio....................................................           14.52
Oklahoma................................................           12.67
Oregon..................................................           15.83
Pennsylvania............................................           13.34
Rhode Island............................................           14.29
South Carolina..........................................           11.71
South Dakota............................................           14.99
Tennessee...............................................           12.40
Texas...................................................           12.67
Utah....................................................           14.26
Vermont.................................................           14.29
Virginia................................................           12.67
Washington..............................................           15.83
West Virginia...........................................           12.40
Wisconsin...............................................           14.40
Wyoming.................................................           13.62
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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 2020 to 
announce: (1) The allowable charges for 2020 that employers seeking H-
2A workers may charge their workers for providing them three meals a 
day; and (2) the maximum travel subsistence reimbursement that a worker 
with receipts may claim in 2020. Also in a separate Federal Register 
Notice, the Department will publish the monthly AEWR for workers 
engaged to perform herding or production of livestock on the range for 
2020.

John Pallasch,
Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training.
[FR Doc. 2019-27410 Filed 12-18-19; 8:45 am]
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