Navigating H-2A & H-2B

Presented By A Panel Of Experts From MásLabor

Are you a green industry business owner struggling to find and keep reliable workers? You are certainly not alone.

Employers in the United States have the option to utilize the H-2A and H-2B labor programs. These programs provide a solution to the ongoing challenge of securing capable, reliable, and legal labor year after year – but they are not without their challenges. This Mastery Series on Navigating H-2A and H-2B Labor Programs will help you successfully utilize these programs.

During this three-part series, you’ll learn:

  • The benefits and challenges of using the H-2A and H-2B visa programs to secure seasonal labor
  • The eligibility requirements for employers and workers under each program
  • Details on the application process and timeline for obtaining visas for your workers
  • The legal and regulatory requirements associated with participating in these programs
  • Best practices for effectively managing H-2A or H-2B workers on-site.

Our expert speakers from másLabor, the nation’s leading provider of comprehensive H-2A and H-2B services, have decades of experience helping businesses like yours be successful in navigating these complex programs. Don’t miss this opportunity to gather expert insights and best practices for utilizing these programs.

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H-2A VS H-2B 101

Presented by:
Megan Wright, Sr. Director, Industry Relations, másLabor
Dan Bremer, Founder, AgWorks H2, LLC

Don’t know where to start? This session covers everything employers need to know to begin using the H-2A and H-2B programs. We will discuss the programs’ requirements, barriers to entry, and best practices for employers, including pertinent current events. As the labor landscape continues to be difficult, more and more businesses are turning to the H-2 visas to solve their shortages—be sure you have thought through housing, transportation needs, and record keeping for audit purposes before starting.

Class One Covers:

  • Program Basics
    What’s the difference between H-2A and H-2B? Which program is right for you?
  • Qualification
    From having a temporary need to securing state approved housing – we will cover all      rules and regulations.
  • Current Events
    Compliance and education support are what we are known for. Let’s make sure you’re    in the know about recent legislative updates that affect program users.

H-2 Process & Timeline: What Your Business Needs To Consider

Presented by:
Chelsea Ibarra, Deputy General Counsel, másLabor
Dan Bremer, Founder, AgWorks H2, LLC

This class will explore all things administrative. You will gain a thorough understanding of the process involved in filing program paperwork and corresponding deadlines. Our Deputy General Counsel will provide a detailed overview of disclosures, guiding you through any potential issues, the appeals procedure, and even instances of denials. The green industry continues to experience considerable scrutiny from the Department of Labor– get your documentation in place to set yourself up for success.

Class Two covers:

  • Paperwork & Record Keeping
    Take an in-depth look at what happens during the filing of program paperwork, what information is needed, and the required record keeping.
  • Filing Timeline
    As these programs grow more and more popular, submitting your paperwork at the first allowable date increases your chances of being successful.
  • Navigating Issues
    There’s nothing we enjoy more than fighting on your behalf. Find out our strategies for combating any problems that arise.

H-2 Human Resources & Beyond

Presented by
Tom Bortnyk, Sr. Vice President & General Counsel, másLabor

Your H-2 workers have safely arrived at your operation – now what? This session will explore Human Resources best practices for your team on how to navigate the H-2 workforce, including payroll, ongoing compliance support, and how to bridge the education and cultural gaps with your team.

Class Three covers:

  • Payroll
    Whether you conduct payroll in-house or hire someone else to handle it, we’ll go over everything that needs to be on their paystubs.
  • Ongoing Compliance Support
    Let’s make sure you’re prepared if the government comes knocking at your door!
  • Bridge the Gap – Culture & Education
    Mexico, South Africa, Guatemala, El Salvador – those are just some of the countries you can pull workers from. Hear about how some of our employers have not only overcome cultural barriers, but have also created long-lasting relationships.

Meet Our Expert Speakers

Dan Bremer, Founder, AgWorks H2, LLC

Since retirement from the United States Department of Labor, Dan has been a consultant to many business entities who wish to bring workers to the United States on short-term visas. He formed AgWorks 25 years ago to help farmers, foresters, and other seasonal employers to find legal workers and to comply with complex labor laws. Dan has a BS degree in Business Management from Missouri State University and attended the Master of Public Administration Program at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. He served in the United States Marine Corps in 1968, 1969 and 1970.

Tom Bortnyk, Sr. Vice President & General Counsel, másLabor

Tom Bortnyk advises clients on regulatory compliance issues, oversees the másLabor quality assurance program, and represents the company on the Executive Committee of the National Council of Agricultural Employers (NCAE). Tom was born and raised in the Tampa Bay area, has a B.S. in International Affairs from Florida State University, and a J.D. from Washington & Lee University School of Law.

Megan Wright, Sr. Director, Industry Relations, másLabor

Megan Wright is másLabor’s Director of Industry Relations, ensures each client is comfortable and confident with the H-2 program prior to enrolling. She stays up on the regulatory and compliance requirements, which is an ever-moving target. While Megan focuses on the company’s business development, communications, and public affairs functions, she enjoys staying on the road educating folks on how the H-2 visa can save their businesses. She most recently served in a government consulting role for Booz Allen Hamilton at the U.S. Department of labor. Megan received her dual B.A. in International Politics and French from Virginia Tech and is both a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and a licensed Project Management Professional (PMP).

Chelsea Ibarra, Deputy General Counsel, másLabor

Chelsea Ibarra is Deputy General Counsel for másLabor. She advises clients on regulatory compliance issues and oversees the company’s quality assurance program. Chelsea has a B.A. in Political Science from Valdosta State University and a J.D. from Mercer University School of Law.