Congressman proposes added protections for H-2B workers

04/4/2008 | Workforce Management Online

While a bipartisan coalition in Congress tries to force a floor vote on H-2B visas, opponents are focusing on alleged abuses to prevent an expansion of the guest worker program. One Peruvian guest worker and another from India told their stories of injustices to a group of 80 congressional staffers during a meeting hosted by the House Education and Labor Committee. Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., who chairs the committee, has introduced a bill that would levy stiff fines on employers for any abuses and make their overseas recruiters jointly responsible.

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