The week started with a 60 minutes news segment and now a Bloomberg article. Many expect the increased and widespread negative publicity to accelerate the consideration of legislation to make sweeping changes to the H-1b visa. Senator Grassley wasted no time in jumping on the opportunity to push his proposed bill. However, as we have seen with healthcare, a campaign slogan does not always equate to legislation being passed.
Senate bill 887 proposed by Senators Grassley and Durbin, contains provisions that if enacted would eliminate the use of H-1b visas for any staffing or consulting company. Essentially, the bill would prohibit the placement of H-1b workers at any third party work-sites unless a waiver was first obtained and a waiver would not be available for any placements that would be considered as, labor for hire. Further the bill would prohibit the supervision of the H-1b worker by the end client. These provisions would essentially eliminate the use of H-1b visas for computer and engineering consulting companies, healthcare staffing companies, and others. For many years the esteemed Senators have sought ways to completely eliminate the H-1b category and with the current economic climate, they are seizing on the opportunity.