With less than two years before the Dec. 31, 2014, end of the Commonwealth-only worker program, CNMI Delegate Gregorio Kilili C. Sablan (Ind-MP) has asked acting U.S. Labor Secretary Seth D. Harris not only to extend the transition period by five years or up to 2019 but also to make a decision “ideally within the next six months” from February-or by ARead More
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Gov. Benigno R. Fitial signed into law yesterday a two-year-old bill removing the mandatory requirement for CNMI employers to pay 100 percent of their foreign workers' medical insurance for nonresident workers-a new law that some affected workers said would force them to forego buying medical insurance altogether if employers do not commit to pay at least half ofRead More
Shortly before a deadline to act on a pending bill or it automatically becomes law, Gov. Benigno R. Fitial received the Saipan Chamber of Commerce's position supporting the removal of the mandatory health insurance for alien workers. The Chamber is also requesting an amendment to the CNMI's labor law in light of federal takeover of immigration.