The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) disseminated a field assistance bulletin on December 7, 2021, providing enforcement guidance on employers’ overtime obligations related to the H-2B visa program. 

Among other things, the bulletin notes that the H-2B visa program does not mandate the payment of an overtime premium for hours worked exceeding a certain number in the day, week, or pay period. However, employers participating in the H-2B visa program are required by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to pay an overtime premium of not less than one and one-half times the worker’s regular rate of pay for hours worked exceeding 40 hours in a workweek. There are exemptions from the overtime requirements, WHD noted, but these exemptions do not usually apply to industries represented in the H-2B visa program. An employer who is employing workers who are exempt from the FLSA overtime requirements must still comply with any state or local laws requiring overtime pay, WHD said.

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