National Legislation

The latest news on federal and state legislation important to the
mobile amusement industry.

H.R. 3962 – House Health Care Bill – Affordable Health Care for America Act
Due to the seasonal nature of the mobile amusement industry, many businesses have limited operating days each year. These businesses do maintain some full-time, year-round employees, but their seasonal workforce is often very large in comparison. Seasonal workers are essential for the smooth operation of the business but they are unique in that the time they spend with our businesses is very short. There does not appear to be any recognition of the unique challenges in providing health insurance to seasonal workers in the United States Healthcare Act. The OABA is reviewing the Act and its impact on part time/seasonal employees and will report back to our members.

Department of Homeland Security recently announced it intends to step up enforcement efforts against employers who knowingly hire undocumented workers. The E-Verify Program is a free employment eligibility confirmation system operated jointly by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Social Security Administration. The E-Verify Program allows participating employers to electronically confirm the employment eligibility of newly hired employees to help maintain a stable, legal workforce. Many states have adopted e-verify regulations for those doing business with the state or federal agencies.

Aspects of the Consumer Product Safety Improvements Act (CPSIA) took effect on February 10, 2009 and enforcement of such provisions have been delayed by the federal government for one-year.

Foreign Labor
The OABA supports S. 388 and H.R. 1136, H-2b Visa bills to allow temporary foreign labor who have worked in prior years to return for another season and not be counted as part of the 66,000 cap of new H-2b labor.

The OABA board voted in February 2010 to retain the services of John Meredith, with Meredith Advisory Group in Washington, D.C., for the next twelve months. Chris Lopez, OABA director and Chair of the Human Resource & Foreign Labor Committee explained to the Board, that while nothing may be happening with regard to the visa cap or the returning worker initiative in Washington at this time, the OABA must be ready to voice our concerns and be quick to lobby key legislators when it comes to the forefront of legislative activity.