Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 10070266 (posted Jul. 2, 2010)"
[Federal Register: July 1, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 126)]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Employment and Training Administration
Announcing the New National Electronic Job Registry for Use in
the H-2A Temporary Agricultural Labor Certification Program
AGENCY: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor.
SUMMARY: The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) is announcing
that the National Electronic Job Registry (job registry) in which H-2A
job orders will be posted and available to the public will be
operational on July 8, 2010.
DATES: This Notice is effective on July 8, 2010.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For technical issues stemming from the
Department's implementation of the job registry, please contact the
iCERT System Team, Office of Foreign Labor
Certification (OFLC), at firstname.lastname@example.org. For program issues
related to H-2A job orders, please e-mail the OFLC Chicago National
Processing Center's (CNPC) Help Desk Unit at H-
2Ajobregistry.email@example.com or call (312) 886-8000 (this is not a
On February 12, 2010, the Department of Labor (Department)
published in the Federal Register a Final Rule governing the Temporary
Agricultural Employment of H-2A Aliens in the United States (the 2010
Final Rule). The 2010 Final Rule amended the regulations governing the
labor certification process for the temporary agricultural employment
of H-2A aliens in the United States, codified at 20 CFR part 655,
subpart B, and the enforcement of employer obligations under the H-2A
program, codified at 29 CFR part 501. The 2010 Final Rule became
effective on March 15, 2010.
The regulations promulgated by the 2010 Final Rule include a
requirement that all job orders filed in connection with H-2A
applications be posted by the Certifying Officer on a national,
publicly accessible electronic job registry until the end of 50 percent
of the contract period. As discussed in the preamble to the 2010 Final
Rule, requiring the posting of job orders in a national job registry
will improve the transparency of agricultural jobs available to U.S.
workers and provide an unprecedented level of public access to one of
the most frequently requested types of records maintained by the
II. Information on Activation of the National Job Registry
In the 2010 Final Rule, the Department stated it would inform the
public through a notice in the Federal Register when the job registry
becomes operational. The Department is hereby announcing that the job
registry will be operational on July 8, 2010. Public access to the job
registry will be available through the OFLC iCERT Visa Portal System at
On and after July 8, 2010, the job registry will be available for
members of the public to search and retrieve H-2A job orders filed in
connection with an Application for Temporary Employment Certification,
ETA Form 9142, and accepted by the Department for recruitment of
domestic workers under the 2010 Final Rule. This new Web-based tool
will provide an unprecedented level of public access to H-2A job orders
and will allow the Department to fulfill its regulatory obligations
under the H-2A program and maintain its commitment to the principles of
All information placed on the job registry will be easily
accessible through the Internet in an electronic format permitting the
highest possible level of granularity and will contain public data
collected from the primary source, i.e., the employer/applicant. The
Department will not disclose on the job registry information or data
subject to privacy, security, or privilege limitations.
The Department will place each job order on the registry promptly
after accepting the employer's application. Where the Department
accepts a modification to the originally accepted job order (e.g., a
change in the start date), the Department will promptly post the
modified job order on the registry in place of the original job order,
noting that the job order has been modified.
Upon acceptance and placement on the job registry, each job order
will be immediately available to the public through a single entry
point--the iCERT Visa Portal System. The public will not be required to
register on the iCERT system to access the job registry. The job
registry will provide an interactive state map from the main iCERT Visa
Portal homepage allowing the public to quickly search for any active
job order(s) posted on the registry within the last 30 calendar days.
Job orders older than 30 days will be accessible to the public through
registry search engines. The job order information will be searchable
along a series of common data points such as case number, employer
name, area of intended employment, work contract period, job title, and
primary crop or agricultural activity. All search results will be
displayed in a table format with sortable column headers. The public
will be able to view a summary of the job order as well as download a
copy of the entire job order and all attachments in Adobe PDF format.
III. Help Desk
OFLC has implemented a dedicated Help Desk Unit at the CNPC to
serve as a resource to the public on program issues related to job
orders filed in connection with an Application for Temporary Employment
Certification, ETA Form 9142, under the H-2A program. Please submit
questions related to job order(s) placed on the H-2A job registry by e-
mail to H-2Ajobregistry.firstname.lastname@example.org. This H-2A job registry Help
Desk e-mail box will be monitored by CNPC staff during normal business
hours, i.e., from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Central Time, Monday through
Friday. E-mail inquiries will be handled as expeditiously as possible.
Members of the public may also contact the job registry Help Desk by
calling (312) 886-8000 (this is not a toll-free number).
Please direct requests for technical assistance with the H-2A job
registry to the iCERT System Team, OFLC, at email@example.com, and
include ``Job Registry--Technical Assistance'' in the subject line of
Signed in Washington, DC, this 9th day of June 2010.
Assistant Secretary, Employment and Training Administration.
[FR Doc. 2010-16011 Filed 6-30-10; 8:45 am]
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