The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) this week issued new training and employment guidelines for employers of sheepherders under the H-2A program. The new procedures reflect regulatory and administration changes to the H-2A program for employers who apply to obtain labor certificates to hire temporary agriculture foreign workers to perform sheepherding activities.
This Training and Employment Guidance Letter updates the special procedures previously established for applications for occupations involved in sheepherding to reflect organizational changes, in addition to new regulatory and policy objectives.
The guidelines outline special procedures for labor certification applications submitted by employers as well as standards for mobile housing applicable to occupations in sheepherding under the H-2A program.
The revised special procedures will apply to all employer applications with a start date on or after Oct. 1, 2011.
The guidance letter is available at the DOL website at http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?docn=3042.