Stories by Patrick Thibodeau

Bernie Sanders wants to raise wages of H-1B workers

Sen. Bernie Sanders, a critic of the H-1B program, also opposes the current system of "binding workers to a specific employer."

Two dozen Disney IT workers prepare to sue over foreign replacements

These employees are making discrimination claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, citing in part "hostile treatment in forcing the Americans to train their replacements."

Imagining a future where new skills are no help

Andrew Haldane, the Bank of England's chief economist, said that jobs at risk from automation total about 80 million in the US and about 15 million in the UK.

Nearly 35,000 comment on new federal visa rule

The majority of comments received by the U.S. support extending the program, which is not surprising given H-1B demand.

Help desk hiring is strong as IT gets more complex

In HDI’s most recent survey of 803 tech pros, 28% said they were planning on expanding staff by creating and filling new positions over the next 12 months. Only 4% said they were cutting, and 17% said hiring was frozen -- open positions weren’t being filled.

Extreme tech positions of the presidential candidates

This is an election where extreme positions have become the norm, and the implications for science and technology may be huge. These emerging proposals, the ones with the most impact on technology, deserve attention. Here's a look at some tech implications of the 2016 contest.

Jury convicts brothers in H-1B fraud case, jail possible

The two conspirators falsely represented that their H-1B workers had full-time positions and were paid an annual salary, as required by regulation to secure the visas, said the government.

Sens. Grassley, Durbin launch new H-1B fight

Their proposed bill "explicitly prohibits the replacement of American workers by H-1B or L-1 visa holders," said the senators, in a joint statement.

The pace of innovation is accelerating, says bank

There is no conclusive finding whether the shift to automation will be a net plus for humanity. One in three U.S. jobs is in administrative support jobs, retail sales or food services. But jobs will be created as well.

IT worker, fighting two tough battles, files discrimination lawsuit

The Screen Actors Guild is being sued by an IT worker who says she is not only fighting national origin discrimination, but breast cancer.

With a torrent of weather data, IBM hopes to know the world

IBM's deal to buy The Weather Company adds to its cognitive computing capabilities something IBM really needs -- data.

Q&A about SunTrust’s cooperation clause

The bank is asserting that the clause it's using in its severance deal with IT workers is being misconstrued. The full clause is offered for readers to make up their own minds.

Bank’s severance deal requires IT workers to be on call for two years

Many of the 100 affected IT employees, who are now training replacements, have years of experience and provide the highest levels of technical support, according to sources.

Automation expected to cut workforce needs by 25% at IT services firms

Nearly a third of those surveyed said they expect job cuts of 25% or higher by 2020, according to representatives of about 170 global sourcing firms.

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