This week’s Senate introduction of the H-2B Returning Worker Exemption Act of 2021 could help solve the labor shortage constantly facing racing’s backstretch, according to a report in the Thoroughbred Daily News.
The bill is written to allow H-2B workers from any of the previous 3 years to qualify as returning workers, which are generally exempted from the annual cap on H-2B visas. It is also designed to help streamline the application process.
“This is something we’ve always advocated for,” said Eric Hamelback, CEO of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA). “And this has been the first time, at least since I’ve been in my current role, there’s been a strong champion for that.”
Read more at the Thoroughbred Daily News.
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