Tech Employment Data Contradict Need For Quick H-1B Visa Rules

New government data show the low unemployment rate in computer occupations contradicts Trump administration claims an economic emergency requires the quick implementation of new H-1B visa rules. A new analysis indicates the government’s own data do not support the claims made in the regulations, which makes it more likely federal courts will block the new rules.

On October 8, 2020, the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published “interim final” rules to restrict H-1B visas, asserting a “good cause” exception to the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) to allow the H-1B rules to go into effect quickly without permitting the public to comment. DOL and DHS cited

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Experts explain how Trump’s new H-1B visa rules hurts startups

  • The Trump administration announced new rules this week for the coveted H-1B visa program, which authorizes high-skilled foreign workers to work in the US.
  • The changes include higher wage requirements for H-1B employees.
  • Tech companies of all sizes rely heavily on the H-1B program to recruit top talent globally yet those wage requirements pose distinct challenges for cash-strapped, early-stage startups, experts say.
  • “The tragic thing here is that it means that it’s going to be more expensive for new, innovative startups to be formed,” said Sophie Alcorn, a founding partner at Alcorn Immigration Law.
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The Trump administration this week announced big changes to the coveted H1-B visa program, which allows high-skilled foreign workers to be employed in the US. Among the most significant of the changes are higher wage requirements for H-1B workers, which could even force some companies to pay foreign employees

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Antitrust investigation dubs App Store a monopoly, Microsoft adopts ‘app fairness’ rules, pandemic boosts Q3 app revenues

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the TechCrunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all.

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The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019. People are now spending three hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a big business. In 2019, mobile-first companies had a combined $544 billion valuation, 6.5x higher than those without a mobile focus.

In this series, we help you keep up with the latest news from the world of apps, delivered on a weekly basis.

Apple declared monopoly by U.S. House Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust

Apple was one of the four big tech companies the House Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust declared as having enjoyed

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Microsoft reportedly planning app for Xbox Game Pass to get around Apple rules

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An app may soon allow iPad and iPhone users to access Xbox Game Pass.


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Microsoft is developing an iOS app to bring Game Pass to the iPad and iPhone, circumventing Apple App Store rules, Business Insider reported Thursday.

“We absolutely will end up on iOS,” Microsoft gaming boss Phil Spencer told employees at an all-hands meeting Wednesday, according to Business Insider.

Microsoft announced in August that its Project xCloud video game service would be released September for free to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers. The service gives people access to more than 100 games on the Xbox or PC, as well as its Xbox Live gaming social network.

Microsoft said at the time that devices powered by Google’s Android operating system would be supported but said Apple was blocking its

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For kids to stay in school, adults need to buy in to COVID-19 health rules, new Billings campaign says | Local News

The campaign comes as Yellowstone County Health Officer John Felton has said new rules will issued if Billings can’t halt the increase in its new cases, and as health providers issued a plea for people for people to follow health precautions. 

The push is backed by groups including the Billings Chamber of Commerce, St. Vincent Healthcare, Billings Clinic, RiverStone Health, Big Sky Economic Development, Visit Billings, Billings Public Schools, Billings Catholic Schools, Montana State University Billings, Rocky Mountain College, and the Education Foundation for Billings Public Schools. 

Whether school buildings should remain open has been a topic of academic and practical debate. Education and health experts have made evidence-backed cases for both sides.

Schools offer critical in-person services for kids, and there was significant concern about student mental and emotional health during spring shutdowns. However, school buildings have the potential to become hotbeds of COVID-19 spread if safety measures like

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US tightens temporary worker visa rules

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Donald Trump signed an executive order on H-1B visas in April

The US government has announced it will tighten the requirements for the popular H-1B visa.

These visas are widely used by tech firms and visa recipients are mostly Indian and Chinese.

The temporary visas are intended to allow US companies to use foreign workers to fill skills gaps.

But the Trump administration says the visa has been abused, often at the expense of American workers.

Up to 85,000 people are granted an H-1B visa each year, and about 500,000 people are currently living in the US under the visa programme.

According to US Department of Labor statistics, more than two-thirds of H-1B visa holders come from India, and more than 10% come from China.

‘Cheaper foreign labour’

The new rules, which were jointly announced by the Department of Labor and the Department of

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SEC Amends Shareholder Proposal Eligibility Rules

On September 23, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) finalized amendments to certain security ownership thresholds, procedural requirements, and resubmission thresholds under the shareholder proposal requirements of Rule 14a-8 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These amendments, the initial versions of which we discussed in our earlier Viewpoints advisory, will be effective 60 days after publication in the Federal Register and will apply to any proposal submitted for an annual or special meeting to be held on or after January 1, 2022. The SEC indicated that the purpose of the changes is to “help ensure that the ability to have a [shareholder] proposal included. . . in a company’s proxy materials — and thus to draw on company and shareholder resources and to command the time and attention of the company and other shareholders — is appropriately calibrated and takes into consideration the interests of

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