National Roofing Legal Resource Center

Legislation to address workforce shortages introduced

NRCA is supporting legislation to address the growing issue of workforce shortages. Reps. Lloyd Smucker (R-Pa.) and Francis Rooney (R-Fla.) have introduced the Workforce for an Expanding Economy Act (H.R. 1740), which would establish a market-driven visa system that allows temporary foreign workers to fill job openings for employers with year-round, nonfarm positions. The new system will be governed by market forces, protect U.S. workers and enable job creators to legally obtain the workers needed to meet demand and grow their businesses and the economy. The new system would be available to employers in counties or metropolitan areas where the unemployment rate is less than 5%, and it will combat illegal immigration by requiring participating employers to use the E-Verify program to verify the work status of new hires. Roofing Day in D.C. 2019 participants advocated for H.R 1740, and NRCA is pleased the bill has gained bipartisan support with Rep. Susan Wild (D-Pa.) signing on as a co-sponsor. NRCA is urging members to send an email to their representatives in support of this bill by clicking here to visit the NRCA Grassroots Advocacy Network.


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