National Roofing Legal Resource Center

Legislation to address workforce shortages

NRCA is working to develop support for the Workforce for an Expanding Economy Act (H.R. 6536), new legislation to address the growing issue of workforce shortages in the roofing industry. Sponsored by Reps. Lloyd Smucker (R-Pa.) and Francis Rooney (R-Fla.), the bill would establish an innovative, market-driven visa system allowing potential immigrant workers to fill job openings for employers with year-round, non-farm positions. The new system is governed by market forces, protects U.S. workers and enables job creators to legally obtain the workers needed to meet demand and grow their businesses and the economy. The bill is designed as a pilot program and would be available only to employers in counties or metropolitan areas where the unemployment rate is 5 percent or lower. Also, it will combat illegal immigration by requiring participating employers to use the E-Verify program to verify the work status of new hires in their companies. Although it is unlikely Congress will act on this legislation before the mid-term elections in November, NRCA is working to build support for the bill with an eye toward 2019 and beyond. All roofing industry employers should send an email urging their representatives to support the bill by visiting the NRCA Grassroots Advocacy Network: roofingadvocacy.nrca.net.


9/26/2018



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