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Protecting Your Business: Crafting Hiring Strategies for H-2B Visa Shortfalls

It’s the news you never want to hear. You didn’t receive your H-2B visas for this year. However, due to the volatility of this temporary visa program, it is a reality for many landscaping companies. “The H-2B program is something that’s great, but it’s always a gamble, unfortunately,” says Nubia Guiterrez, director of human resources […]

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Industry Check-In: Lawn and Landscape Companies Weigh In on Current Challenges

The landscape industry faces numerous challenges, including hiring, inflation and equipment delays. NALP touched base with members from across the country to see how they’ve been responding to these issues and preparing for them next year. Hiring and H-2B When it comes to hiring, it has never been an easy task, but most companies have […]

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Landscape Professionals Advocate for H-2B at NALP Fly-In

On June 13 and 14, nearly 130 landscape professionals from at least 25 states gathered at the nation’s capital to meet with their representatives to lobby for the permanent worker exclusion for the H-2B program. “I think if landscape professionals want to change policy and impact policy, they have to be able to show up […]

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Team Building: Using the Permanent Labor Certification Program  

Singing Hills Landscape, Inc., based in Aurora, Colorado, has been using the H-2B program for over 20 years. They also started using a permanent labor certification program in 2019. “Our company mission is to ‘open doors of opportunity for our company family,’ and the PERM program meshed perfectly with that mission,” says Jake Leman, vice […]

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What the 2022 Mid-Term Elections Mean for the Landscape Industry

The 2022 mid-terms came and went on Tuesday, Nov. 8, and unfortunately, the results are still not yet final for control of either of the House or the Senate in the 118th Congress. Going into this election, pundits were beginning to predict that we could see a massive wave election like in 1994 and 2010 […]

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DHS to Release Nearly 65,000 Additional H-2B Visas for Fiscal Year 2023

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in conjunction with the Department of Labor (DOL), will be issuing a regulation that will make an additional 64,716 H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas for fiscal year (FY) 2023. These visas are in addition to the 66,000 H-2B visas that are normally allocated each fiscal year. DHS hopes that […]

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Landscape Professionals Lobby for Change During H-2B Fly-In

On June 8, 80 landscape professionals from 18 different states headed to Capitol Hill to carry the H-2B reform message and share their stories. This fly-in was hosted by NALP in collaboration with Seasonal Employment Alliance, the Federation of Employers and Workers of America and AmericanHort to push for H-2B reform this summer as there […]

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NALP Members Lobby During February Legislative Days

NALP’s Legislative Days were to be held in person this year, but COVID restrictions in Washington D.C. and on the Hill led to the switch to a virtual event. Despite the change to virtual, More than120 industry professionals took part. “I think it makes sense, especially during COVID, to transition over and we had more […]

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Department of Homeland Security Will Release Additional Visas for First Half of the Fiscal Year

On Monday, December 20, the Department of Homeland Security announced that they will be releasing an additional 20,000 H-2B visas for the first half of the fiscal year, which begins October 1 and ends March 30. Of the 20,000 visas, 6,500 will be carved out for Northern Triangle countries (El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras) and also […]

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Five Key Advocacy Areas NALP Is Focused On

During LANDSCAPES 2021, Andrew Bray, NALP’s VP of government relations, provided an update on a number of advocacy topics that impact the lawn and landscape industry. If you missed this presentation, here are the five key topics Bray covered and the main takeaways. CARB The California Air and Resource Board (CARB) released a proposed regulation […]

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