[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 5 (Tuesday, January 8, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 1259-1260]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-00117]


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Employment and Training Administration


Labor Certification Process for the Temporary Employment of 
Aliens in Agriculture in the United States: 2013 Adverse Effect Wage 
Rates

AGENCY: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) of the 
Department of Labor (Department) is issuing this notice to announce the 
2013 Adverse Effect Wage Rates (AEWRs) for the employment of temporary 
or seasonal nonimmigrant foreign workers (H-2A workers) to perform 
agricultural labor or services.
    AEWRs are the minimum wage rates the Department has determined must 
be offered and paid by employers to H-2A workers and workers in 
corresponding employment for a particular agricultural job and area so 
that the wages of similarly employed U.S. workers will not be adversely 
affected. 20 CFR 655.100(b). In this notice, the Department announces 
the AEWRs for 2013.

DATES: Effective Date: This notice is effective January 8, 2013.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William L. Carlson, Ph.D., 
Administrator, Office of Foreign Labor Certification, U.S. Department 
of Labor, Room C-4312, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 
20210. Telephone: 202-693-3010 (this is not a toll-free number).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration 
Services of the Department of Homeland Security will not approve an 
employer's petition for the admission of H-2A nonimmigrant temporary 
agricultural workers in the U.S. unless the petitioner has received 
from the Department an H-2A labor certification. The labor 
certification provides that: (1) There are not sufficient U.S. workers 
who are able, willing, and qualified and who will be available at the 
time and place needed to perform the labor or services involved in the 
petition; and (2) the employment of the foreign worker(s) in such labor 
or services will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions 
of workers in the U.S. similarly employed. 8 U.S.C. 
1101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(a), 1184(c)(1), and 1188(a); 8 CFR 214.2(h)(5).

Adverse Effect Wage Rates for 2013

    The Department's H-2A regulations at 20 CFR 655.120(l) provide that 
employers must pay their H-2A workers and workers in corresponding 
employment at least the highest of: (i) The AEWR; (ii) the prevailing 
hourly wage rate; (iii) the prevailing piece rate; (iv) the agreed-upon 
collective bargaining wage rate, if applicable; or (v) the Federal or 
State minimum wage rate, in effect at the time the work is performed.
    Except as otherwise provided in 20 CFR part 655, subpart B, the 
region-wide AEWR for all agricultural employment (except those 
occupations deemed inappropriate under the special procedure provisions 
of 20 CFR 655.102) for which temporary H-2A certification is being 
sought is equal to the annual weighted average hourly wage rate for 
field and livestock workers (combined) in the State or region as 
published annually by the United States Department of Agriculture 
(USDA). 20 CFR 655.120(c) requires that the Administrator of the Office 
of Foreign Labor Certification publish the USDA field and livestock 
worker (combined) wage data as AEWRs in a Federal Register notice. 
Accordingly, the 2013 AEWRs to be paid for agricultural work performed 
by U.S. and H-2A workers on or after the effective date of this notice 
are set forth in the table below:

                  Table--2013 Adverse Effect Wage Rates
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                           State                              2013 AEWRs
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Alabama....................................................        $9.78
Arizona....................................................         9.73
Arkansas...................................................         9.50
California.................................................        10.74
Colorado...................................................        10.08
Connecticut................................................        10.91
Delaware...................................................        10.87
Florida....................................................         9.97
Georgia....................................................         9.78
Hawaii.....................................................        12.72
Idaho......................................................         9.99
Illinois...................................................        11.74
Indiana....................................................        11.74
Iowa.......................................................        11.41
Kansas.....................................................        12.33
Kentucky...................................................         9.80
Louisiana..................................................         9.50
Maine......................................................        10.91
Maryland...................................................        10.87
Massachusetts..............................................        10.91
Michigan...................................................        11.30
Minnesota..................................................        11.30
Mississippi................................................         9.50
Missouri...................................................        11.41
Montana....................................................         9.99
Nebraska...................................................        12.33
Nevada.....................................................        10.08
New Hampshire..............................................        10.91
New Jersey.................................................        10.87
New Mexico.................................................         9.73
New York...................................................        10.91
North Carolina.............................................         9.68
North Dakota...............................................        12.33
Ohio.......................................................        11.74
Oklahoma...................................................        10.18
Oregon.....................................................        12.00
Pennsylvania...............................................        10.87
Rhode Island...............................................        10.91
South Carolina.............................................         9.78
South Dakota...............................................        12.33
Tennessee..................................................         9.80
Texas......................................................        10.18
Utah.......................................................        10.08
Vermont....................................................        10.91
Virginia...................................................         9.68
Washington.................................................        12.00
West Virginia..............................................         9.80
Wisconsin..................................................        11.30
Wyoming....................................................         9.99
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    Pursuant to the H-2A regulations at 20 CFR 655.173, the Department 
will publish a separate Federal Register notice in early 2013 to 
announce (1) the allowable charges for 2013 that employers seeking H-2A 
workers may charge their workers for providing them three meals a day; 
and (2) the maximum travel subsistence reimbursement that a worker with 
receipts may claim in 2013.


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    Signed in Washington, DC on this 13th day of December, 2012.
Jane Oates,
Assistant Secretary, Employment and Training Administration.
[FR Doc. 2013-00117 Filed 1-7-13; 8:45 am]
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