When you hear the term ‘H-2B Worker’, what comes to mind? More than likely, you’re thinking construction. But the temporary visa employment program is pervasive – a catch-all status. It is applicable to a diverse array of industries and occupations, like nurses and other healthcare positions, massage therapists, and even those in the baking business. For example, Guam Bakery qualified under the program to bring in a baker from the Philippines as they are contracted to provide bread for the military. So what’s the crux with construction? According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the main concern of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services or USCIS are the workers who abuse the program – those who over-stay past their contract or migrate to the other states. USCIS is also concerned with the threat of human trafficking. However, according to research, the overstay violations in Guam represent only 1 to 2 percent of the total problem. … [Read more...] about Experts share views on the H-2B program
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The Australian government last night announced it will spend a whopping A$607.5 million in budget aid to Papua New Guinea. The Australian High Commission minister counsellor in Port Moresby, Andrew Egan said it is the first time Australia’s budget aid to PNG has broken through A$600m. He said the budget assistance was significant and demonstrates Australia’s close relationship with PNG. He said total Australian Official Development Assistance will increase from A$572.2 million in 2018-19 to $607.5 million in 2019-20. Mr Egan said highlights of the Federal budget assistance include, honouring APEC commitments in rural electrification, infrastructure development, joint policing, upgrading of secondary schools, increasing opportunities for employment through the Pacific Labour Hire scheme, health service delivery and transport. “Under policing support, Australian Federal Police will work closely with PNG police at the Bomana Training College,” Mr Egan said. PNG … [Read more...] about Aust federal budget assistance to increase
Maureen Groppe and John Fritze and Micaela Watts USA TODAY Published 4:56 PM EST Jan 25, 2019 WASHINGTON – The pain experienced by hundreds of thousands of federal workers who have gone without paychecks for more than a month was part of the pressure that led to Friday's deal to reopen the federal government for three weeks. Federal employees will get back pay but not it's not clear how long that will take. Plus, Bureau of Prison psychologist Dr. Genevieve Grady said there's a big misconception that federal employees' problems go away when the shutdown ends. "That's wildly untrue," she told the Salem Statesman Journal, noting that financial losses and credit scars will remain long after paychecks resume. And federal contractors, who have also been affected, will not be compensated. While both President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders expressed support for federal workers, it remains to be seen whether they can … [Read more...] about Despite deal to end government shutdown, federal workers still hurt.
Member Center:Create Account|Log InManage Account|Log Out Home News Community Calendar Podcasts Newsletter TV Radio Weather About LIFESTYLE TV11 TV8 TVone GNN i94-FM Isla63-AM Auto Beauty & Style Entertainment Food Health Home/Family Money Pets Tech Travel VideoBytes Press Releases Salvation Army needs food, baby items for furloughed federal workers Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2019 12:44 AM ESTUpdated: Tuesday, January 22, 2019 12:44 AM ESTBy Nick [email protected] Unpaid federal workers across the nation are struggling to put food on the table. Though most federal workers on Guam continue to work through the shutdown, one local organization is reaching out to assist those in need. Salvation Army Guam has received multiple calls for help from furloughed federal employees, including U.S. Coast Guard members. Officials are asking the community for any donations possible, but are specifically requesting for baby products and food. You can contact the … [Read more...] about Salvation Army needs food, baby items for furloughed federal workers
Haidee V Eugenio Pacific Daily News Published 7:42 AM EST Jan 21, 2019 Guam may once again face loss of skilled labor force for civilian and military construction projects, in the wake of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's announcement that workers from the Philippines are no longer allowed to seek jobs across the United States under the federal H-2A and H-2B, programs at least for a year. The one-year ban is from Jan. 19 to Jan. 18, 2020. Guam has been relying on the Philippines, for decades, as a main source for its H-2B workers such as cement masons, carpenters, iron workers, heavy equipment operators and electricians. Homeland Security, in a Jan. 18 notice in the Federal Register, said the decision to remove the Philippines from the list of designated countries for these foreign worker programs has been with the concurrence of the secretary of the Department of State. These two federal agencies said the Philippines has high rates of H-2B … [Read more...] about US removes Philippines from list of countries for new H-2B workers