Major Changes in the World of H-2B Seasonal Visas

Recorded On: 12/03/2015

2015 has been a tough year for seasonal businesses that rely on the H-2B Visa Program. After months of highs and lows where seasonal businesses saw the H-2B visa be at the center of a federal lawsuit, have its processing suspended, be subjected to a lack of clarity with the process, and unforeseen delays, the industry was rocked again with the issuance of a new Interim Rule that drastically changed the H-2B visa requirements. These regulations recently went into effect, first applying to clubs with October 1st seasonal start dates and later. These regulations have a major impact on private clubs that typically rely on seasonal staff.

Attorney Keith Pabian will present a webinar on visa options for those in the club industry that employ seasonal employees and will discuss best practices, strategies, and common traps surrounding bringing foreign national employees to work for an organization. He will also discuss his initial impressions of the new regulations and provide insights and tips into how to manage the new process and requirements.

Joe Trauger

Vice President, Government Relations, National Club Association

In April of 2019 Joe Trauger joined NCA as Vice President of Government Relations. Joe lead’s NCA’s lobbying activities and ClubPAC, NCA’s political action committee.

 As an experienced government relations professional with many legislative and regulatory successes on Capitol Hill, Joe brings extensive experience and respect as an association lobbyist with tremendous knowledge of the issues. Joe also has excellent perspective into the private club industry as he is entering his second year as president of Mount Vernon Country Club in Alexandria, Va., an NCA member club.”

 He previously was principal and founder of Northfield Strategies, an advocacy consulting firm. Prior to Northfield, Trauger was senior vice president of policy and government relations at the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute and vice president of government relations at the National Association of Manufacturers. His Capitol Hill experience includes positions as senior policy advisor for then House Majority Whip Roy Blunt; policy advisor for then House Majority Leader Dick Armey; senior legislative assistant for former Congressman Sam Johnson; and legislative assistant for former Senator Rod Grams.

 Joe is a competitive golfer, frequently playing in charity and purse tournaments and modestly boasts a single-digit handicap. He is married with two lovely daughters. 

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