Federal Register, Volume 79 Issue 244 (Friday, December 19, 2014)

[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 244 (Friday, December 19, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 75839-75840]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-29746]


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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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