Request for Certification of Compliance-Rural Industrialization Loan and Grant Program
The Employment and Training Administration is issuing this notice to announce the receipt of a ``Certification of Non-Relocation and Market and Capacity Information Report'' (Form 4279-2) for the following: Applicant/Location: Green Meadows Dairy, LLC/Hull, Iowa. Principal Product/Purpose: The loan, guarantee, or grant application for the purchase of equipment, land, and an existing structure to construct a new cheese manufacturing plant. The NAICS industry codes for this enterprise are: 311513 Cheese Manufacturing Cheese (except cottage cheese) manufacturing; and 311514 Dry, Condensed, and Evaporated Dairy Product ManufacturingWhey, condensed, dried, evaporated, and powdered manufacturing.
Labor Certification Process for the Temporary Employment of Aliens in Agriculture and Logging in the United States: 2008 Adverse Effect Wage Rates, Allowable Charges for Agricultural and Logging Workers' Meals, and Maximum Travel Subsistence Reimbursement
The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) of the Department of Labor (Department or DOL) is issuing this Notice to announce: The 2008 Adverse Effect Wage Rates (AEWRs) for employers seeking to employ temporary or seasonal nonimmigrant foreign workers to perform agricultural labor or services (H-2A workers) or logging (H-2B logging workers); the allowable charges for 2008 that employers seeking H-2A workers and H-2B logging workers may levy upon their workers when three meals a day are provided by the employer; and the maximum travel subsistence reimbursement which a worker with receipts may claim in 2008. AEWRs are the minimum wage rates the Department has determined must be offered and paid by employers of H-2A workers or H-2B logging workers to U.S. and foreign workers for a particular occupation and/or area so that the wages of similarly employed U.S. workers will not be adversely affected (20 CFR 655.100(b) and 655.200(b)). In this Notice the Department announces the AEWRs for 2008. The Department also announces the new rates for 2008 which agricultural and logging employers may charge their workers for three daily meals, and the minimum and maximum charge of travel subsistence expenses a worker may claim in 2008.
Energy Industry and Construction and Skilled Trades in the Energy Industry; Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGA) SGA-DFA-PY-07-07: Amendment Number 1
The Employment and Training Administration published a document in the Federal Register of January 23, 2008, announcing the availability of funds and solicitation for grant applications for the Energy Industry and Construction and Skilled Trades in the Energy Industry. This amendment will make changes to the January 23 document by clarifying and correcting this Solicitation.
Temporary Agricultural Employment of H-2A Aliens in the United States; Modernizing the Labor Certification Process and Enforcement
The Department of Labor (the Department or DOL) is proposing to amend its regulations regarding the certification of temporary employment of nonimmigrant workers employed in temporary or seasonal agricultural employment and the enforcement of the contractual obligations applicable to employers of such nonimmigrant workers. This notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM or proposed rule) would re-engineer the process by which employers may obtain a temporary labor certification from the Department for use in petitioning the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to employ a nonimmigrant worker in H-2A (agricultural temporary worker) status. Re-engineering measures focus on the utilization of an attestation-based application process after an employer conducts pre-filing recruitment and the elimination of duplicative activities currently performed by the State Workforce Agencies (SWAs). In concert with these changes, the Department proposes to amend the wage and hour regulations to provide for enhanced enforcement, including more rigorous penalties, under the H-2A program to complement the modernized certification process so that workers are appropriately protected should an employer fail to meet the requirements of the H-2A program.
Proposed Information Collection Request for the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Data Validation (DV) Program; Comment Request
As part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, the Department of Labor (Department) conducts a preclearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. This program helps to ensure that the requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. A copy of the proposed information collection request (ICR) can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the addresses section of this notice or by accessing: http://www.doleta.gov/OMBCN/ OMBControlNumber.cfm.
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Opportunities in the Workforce System Initiative; Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGA) SGA/DFA PY 07-03, Amendment Number 1
The Employment and Training Administration published a document in the Federal Register of January 15, 2008, announcing the availability of funds and solicitation for grant applications for the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Opportunities in the Workforce System Initiative. This amendment will make changes to the January 15 document by clarifying and correcting this Solicitation.