Stories by Patrick Thibodeau

Labor Department says it can't investigate So Cal Edison's H-1B use

A request by 10 U.S. senators to investigate H-1B visa use at Southern California Edison (SCE) and other companies is meeting resistance at the U.S. Department of Labor.

Median age at Google is 29, says US age discrimination lawsuit

The typical employee at Google is relatively young, according to a lawsuit brought by an older programmer who is alleging age discrimination.

House bill slashes research critical to cybersecurity

A U.S. House bill that will set the nation's basic research agenda for the next two years increases funding for computer science, but at the expense of other areas important to cybersecurity.

IT worker's lawsuit accuses Tata of discrimination

An IT worker is accusing Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) of discriminating against American workers and favoring "South Asians" in hiring and promotion. It's backing up its complaint, in part, with numbers.

Here's where Clinton and Rubio stand on the H-1B visa issue

The two latest contenders to enter the presidential campaign sweepstakes -- Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Hillary Clinton, the one-time Democratic senator from New York and former secretary of state for President Barack Obama -- both support increasing the H-1B visa. But there are differences in their positions.

U.S. gets 233,000 H-1B petitions, a new record

The U.S. received 233,000 H-1B petitions this year, believed to the highest number ever, and almost three times the number of available visas.

10 U.S. senators seek investigation into H-1B-driven layoffs

Ten U.S. senators, representing the political spectrum, are seeking a federal investigation into displacement of IT workers by H-1B-using contractors.

Global IT spending shrinks as dollar strengthens

A rapidly rising U.S. dollar has created a "currency shock," prompting Gartner to decrease its global IT spending forecast. The research firm now expects worldwide IT spending to decrease to $3.66 trillion in 2015, a 1.3% dip from last year.

H-1B cap is reached with 'high number' of visa requests

The H-1B cap has been quickly reached, the U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Service said Tuesday. The agency said it received a "high number" of visa petitions, but did not have a final count.

Rand Paul's tangled approach to H-1B visas

As president, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) will support increasing the H-1B visa cap. Although Paul keeps specifics about his plans for high-skilled immigration nuanced and vague, the final outcome would be little different from Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-Texas) plan to raise the H-1B cap by 500%.

N.C. primed for mega tech backlash over Indiana-like bill

North Carolina is considering "religious objection" legislation similar to Indiana, a move that could raise the stakes for the tech industry firms battling these laws.

Indiana law is fast having 'definite negative impact' on tech

Organizers of the upcoming Indy Big Data Conference are feeling the impact of the tech industry's anger over Indiana's new "religious freedom" law and want state lawmakers to correct the law -- quickly.

Indiana's law delivers real hurt to this state tech grad

Tech sector companies are far from angels on the issue of equality. Despite losing her case last week, Ellen Pao's lawsuit against Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, drew attention to the tech industry's "boys club" culture and gender imbalances. But when it comes to gay and lesbian equality, this industry is vocal in its defense of it, combative and willing to challenge political leaders.

White House making it easier to get an L-1 visa

The White House has released a memo intended to give clarity over how businesses may use the temporary L-1 work visa, a document derided by critics of the H-1B visa.

Ted Cruz, the presidential candidate who wants to increase the H-1B cap by 500%

It's going to be hard for the Republicans to field a presidential candidate as enthusiastic about the H-1B visa as U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).