Joshua Waring

ITS 360 (001)

Dr. Shin-Ping Tucker

Homework 10, Due 4/29/19

 

What Would You Do?

1)      I would be fine with taking on this responsibility, as long as I didnít feel like the management of the company was looking to replace American workers with all H-1B workers due to potentially cheaper labor costs.† I would introduce the new worker(s) around the department, and do my best to make him feel welcome there.† I would then invite the new worker out for lunch/dinner to help him feel more comfortable, and would give him some tips and recommendations on where to shop, eat, etc. so he didnít feel completely out of place.

2)      I would tell my friend to hang in there, and not to worry to much about coworkers potentially being angry at her, as its not her fault she has let some of them go.† I would tell her too that if she is really concerned about potentially being let go once the transition has occurred, that she should talk to her boss now so she knows if this is to be expected or not.† I would also remind her that the situation isnít her fault, and it will [hopefully] all work out fine in the end.

 

Case Studies

1.1) †I believe this case does illustrate a need to make changes to the processing and approval of H-1B visas.† I think the fact that companies can get around section 4 of Form ETA 9035 by contracting out workers, thereby not technically displacing or adversely affecting other workers in the company (even though this often adversely affects workers in the company they are contracted out to) is borderline dishonest, and takes advantage of both H1-B workers and US workers.† I think a change to that part of the form in particular should be made to help minimize the cases of that happening on such large scales.

1.2) †From my research it appears that Disney stuck with their decision to hire H-1B workers, despite four lawsuit attempts by the employees whose position was terminated as a result of the H-1B workers being hired.† While the extended legal battle may have garnered Disney some negative publicity, the court (easily) ruled in favor of Disney in all cases. Going forward, Disney doesnít have much to worry about from the legal aspect of replacing current workers with H-1B workers, so they may continue to do so.

1.3) †It appears that President Trumpís executive order regarding the H-1B visa program had little actual impact on the program.† The executive order mostly focused on a strict review of current hiring policies and procedures regarding H-1B workers, but no large sweeping changes regarding these policies (as these would have to go through Congress, not simply be enacted by an executive order).† Since the original order, President Trump has signed a second executive order that suspended the ďpremium processingĒ available for around $1250 extra.† This program allowed applicants to have a quicker review and approval of their H-1B visa for an extra cost, but was supposedly creating a backlog and surge of applicants for the DHS to review, thus actually making the standard applicants wait longer than before.† President Trump hopes this order will help curb illegal immigrants gaining access to H-1B visas, and allow the DHS time to thoroughly review all applications.

2.1) I think Dell and Goodwill should implement internal policies to ensure that their ewaste isnít sent tho developing countries by ďaccidentĒ.† I think the fact that Dell supposedly has banned this as a company should thereby mean they enforce this ban, otherwise its simply a PR stunt.† Dell can audit and track how much waste it takes in compared to how much is resold, refurbished or recycled to see if/how much goes missing.

2.2) I think the US has not yet ratified the Basal Convention as it is easier in the short-term to pay to ship ewaste to countries like China, even if, in the long term, it could be [marginally] profitable to recycle and reclaim valuable materials from the ewaste.

2.3) Not much legislation regarding ewaste disposal and processing has been passed in recent years since the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.† Congress did attempt to pass a bill called the Responsible Electronics Recycling Act (RERA), but it never passed legislation to become a law.† E-waste disposal and processing procedures have thus remained virtually the same for the past several years (from the legal standpoint).