ETA News Release: [07/08/2010]
Contact Name: Lina Garcia
Phone Number: (202) 693-4661
Release Number: 10-0971-NAT
US Department of Labor launches online registry of H-2A jobs
Web tool will make it easier for US workers to learn about job opportunities in agriculture
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Labor today launched an online registry allowing the public to retrieve information about temporary agricultural jobs that fall under the H-2A program. The new tool was developed in compliance with regulations implemented by the department on March 15.
"This new online registry will help U.S. workers access important information about job opportunities in agriculture," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "When my department issued the final regulation on the H-2A program earlier this year, I underscored our commitment both to ensuring all those working hard on American soil receive fair pay and to expanding opportunities for U.S. workers. This registry is an important part of that effort."
The H-2A job registry provides a single, easily searched point of entry for the public to retrieve information about agricultural jobs filed under the H-2A program. It offers a range of customizable searches and gives users the ability to view, print or download information about agricultural jobs easily and without the need to file a request under the Freedom of Information Act. The tool will display all active agricultural jobs until 50 percent of the period of employment has elapsed, and it will offer an archive of certified agricultural jobs for up to five years.
The Labor Department estimates that more than 700 H-2A applications — for more than 13,000 workers — have been received since March 15. As this system goes live today, nearly 450 active H-2A job orders become available to the public.
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