Senators questioning tech company use of H1-B visa program

first_imgTwo senators are questioning several Indian companies on their use of H-1B visa program for highly skilled workers.Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and , have targeted nine Indian companies that used over a quarter of the 75,000 H-1B visas issued last year.The senators asked the companies several questions about their visa use, wages and layoffs, to which they are required to respond by May 29.“I continue to hear how people want to increase the number of H-1B visas that are available to companies. Considering the high amount of fraud and abuse in the visa program, we need to take a good, hard look at the employers who are using H-1B visas and how they are using them,” Grassley said in a news release.The letters, posted on Grassley’s Web site, were addressed to Infosys, Wipro, Tata Consultancy Services, Saytam, Patni Computer Systems, Larsen & Toubro Infotech, I-Flex Solutions, Tech Mahindra Americas and Mphasis Corp.India’s Commerce Minister Kamal Nath has denounced the letters. “I am surprised both with the form and the content of the letter,” he said in a statement. “Issues such as work visas are intergovernmental in nature and should be dealt with accordingly.”  Related Itemslast_img read more

Virgin Qantas cool their engines

first_imgVirgin has cut capacity by 1.5 per cent in April compared with April 2013 according to its own measure of available seats. Virgin Australia and Qantas Airways have toned down their ongoing battle over domestic market capacity, with Virgin cutting the number of available seats for the third month in a row. However, Virgin’s actions represent a return to normal market conditions. Virgin’s decision comes off the back of Qantas’ earlier decision to freeze capacity after lower consumer confidence and a slowdown in flying by FIFO workers. Previously, the airlines have been increasing their number of routes and furiously adding capacity, with Qantas aiming to protect its market share at the expense of profit, The Sydney Morning Herald reported. Virgin Australia chief executive officer John Borghetti said at the Virgin AGM last year that the airline had completed a three year transformation of the network, prioritised regional areas and introduced wider bodied aircraft on some routes.  Source = ETB News: Tom Nealelast_img read more

Video Conferencing for Management Teams The New InPerson Meeting

first_imgEyjagjallajokull (the Iceland volcano) has caused a major disruption with worldwide business meetings. Management teams have been scrambling to find flights which go around the volcanic ash cloud in order to get to their scheduled meetings. This frantic searching has wreaked havoc for operational support teams all over the world!We need solutions for potential missed meetings that can be implemented at a moment’s notice. There are a ton of online companies that offer video conferencing services. Services such as GoToMeeting and WebEx allow you to set up and conduct last minute ‘in-person’ meetings simply and easily.  Most laptops these days are manufactured with a built in web cam allowing for you to video conference anywhere. Gone are the days when not being able to fly to the meeting location means that you will simply not be able to meet and possibly lose a business deal or that venture funding.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more