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Wed Oct 29, 2014, 08:44 PM

Feds set to destroy H-1B records

Oct 27, 2014 1:05 PM PT

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. has changed its H-1B record retention policy to the concern of people who study the visa's impact on the workforce and economy.

In a notice posted last week, the U.S. Department of Labor said that records used for labor certification, whether in paper or electronic, "are temporary records and subject to destruction" after five years, under a new policy.

There was no explanation for the change, and it is perplexing to researchers. The records under threat are called Labor Condition Applications (LCA), which identify the H-1B employer, worksite, the prevailing wage, and the wage paid to the worker.

"Throwing information away is anathema to the pursuit of knowledge and akin to willful stupidity or, worse, defacing Buddhist statues," said Lindsay Lowell, director of policy studies at the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University. "It undermines our ability to evaluate what the government does and, in today's world, retaining electronic records like the LCA is next to costless," he said.

More: http://www.computerworld.com/article/2839375/feds-set-to-destroy-h-1b-records.html

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OhioChick Oct 2014 OP
ChromeFoundry Oct 2014 #1
closeupready Oct 2014 #2
adirondacker Oct 2014 #4
Scuba Oct 2014 #5
antigop Nov 2014 #9
newthinking Oct 2014 #3
djean111 Oct 2014 #6
Ampersand Unicode Nov 2014 #8
Doctor_J Oct 2014 #7

Response to OhioChick (Original post)

Wed Oct 29, 2014, 09:04 PM

1. How long does the NSA keep records on, everyone?

I'm sure the NSA's Utah Data Center, 1 Million square foot facility, that cost $2 Billion is performing 5-year purges as well.

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Response to OhioChick (Original post)

Wed Oct 29, 2014, 09:16 PM

2. I don't know how anyone sentient and

 

who follows news relating to the tech industry and alleged labor law abuses can possibly fail to see what's going on here.

If the American people were somehow better off, that would be one thing. But in fact, upper management and shareholders of the titans in the tech industry are all getting filthy rich, the middle class is being strangled, and families are hurting.

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Response to closeupready (Reply #2)

Wed Oct 29, 2014, 11:22 PM

4. Great synopsis. nt

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Response to closeupready (Reply #2)

Thu Oct 30, 2014, 04:44 AM

5. +1

 

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Response to closeupready (Reply #2)

Sun Nov 9, 2014, 08:27 PM

9. +1000 nt

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Response to OhioChick (Original post)

Wed Oct 29, 2014, 10:35 PM

3. Could this be so that there can be no future investigation into the use of

H1-Bs during the high unemployment period from 2008?

H1-B is heavily abused.

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Response to OhioChick (Original post)

Thu Oct 30, 2014, 07:39 AM

6. Look no further than at who has proposed increases to the number of H-1b visas, and at who will be

 

championing the increase or who just may decide to bury that issue for campaign purposes.

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Response to djean111 (Reply #6)

Sun Nov 9, 2014, 08:08 PM

8. If they don't get outright shredded...

...they'll just be "hidden from the first page of Google."

The new "digital" shredding: hiding things from search engines so that the public can't find them.

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Response to OhioChick (Original post)

Thu Oct 30, 2014, 09:08 AM

7. I wonder when one of our leaders will go Mussolini and

 

admit proudly that, yes, the US practices "friendly fascism", and that it is really the best form of government

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