Friday, February 06, 2009

H-1B worker controversy heats up during down economy

Today, Workforce Management has an important blog story “Deep Corporate Staff Cuts Heat Up H-1B Visa Debate,” link here.

There is a general agreement that in practice companies are using workers with these visas in “body shops” and not out of legitimate need for specialized expertise.

Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Richard Durbin (D-IL) had sponsored legislation in the 110th Congress “The H-1B and L-1 Visa Fraud and Abuse Prevention Act of 2007”, story here; the Senate bill was S31, link here.

Banks receiving TARP money have been caught misuing H-1B workers.

Similar legislative efforts will probably occur in this Congress.

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