I recently ran across the Hospitality Labor and Emploment Law Blog, which featured an article about the U.S. Government Accountability Office's (GAO) report on the H-2B program. At the risk of delving too deeply into a rather dry subject, I'll keep this short and sweet.
An H-2B non-immigrant visa allows foreign nationals to enter into the U.S. temporarily and engage in non-agricultural employment which is seasonal, intermittent, a peak load need or a one-time occurrence. This includes workers in the hospitality industry.
The GAO report found fraud and abuse in the program, including activities such as failing to pay the legally required wage, charging foreign workers excessive fees, facilitating the submission of fraudulent documentation to the government in order to secure visa approvals and abusing H-2B workers (confiscating passports, failing to pay overtime, charging excessive rent, etc.).
The blog notes that several of the cases examined by the GAO involved employers in the hospitality industry, and that the publication of the report strongly suggests the industry will remain in the "investigate cross-hairs" of the U.S. immigration enforcement authorities. They're looking for employers who misuse the program for a competitive advantage or provide false or misleading information to recruiters to assist in the procurement of new employees.
So what do you think? As the human component of the CSR equation begins to take center stage, will hospitality companies face increased scrutiny--and if so, what impact will be felt?