30% of Tech Mahindra will soon WFH permanently

The CEO of Tech Mahindra says that 30% of Tech Mahindra will soon WFH permanently. The company recently announces its quarterly results. During the press release, the CEO announces this company’s decision

30% of Tech Mahindra will soon WFH permanently

He also says that currently, 90% of its entire workforce is working from home. Also, all of their customers are quite happy with the employees of the company meeting their expectations.

The CEO also says that under these circumstances, at least for 1-2 quarters there will be fewer people working from offices. In the initial phases of working from home, business process services teams faced some difficulties

The company also invested in an integrated command line to put in the mitigation plans. The peers of Tech Mahindra are also looking to implement the mixed work models

Some companies like HCL says that WFH may not be a permanent model for them. The Chief Human Resources Officer of HCL says that WFH is not suitable both physically and mentally for longer durations

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Indian IT firms go ahead with applying for H1B visas despite the continuing uncertainty

Indian IT companies and service providers are likely to apply for H1B visas for the next fiscal year, which starts in October. Even though the lockdown and immigration restrictions were set by the two countries, IT companies still look forward to applying for the visas.

The Immigration lawyers said that clients were filing applications for the candidates who were selected by a lottery draw last month.

The H1B work permit is usually granted for three years only after the approval of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services(USCIS). Rajiv S. Khanna, managing attorney at Immigration.com has said that he does not see a greater impact in filings from his office. He also said that most of the workers are needed urgently and can work from home. He further added by saying that in order to continue the business continuity, these petitions are filed.

The situation in the USA is not so encouraging for the Indian companies since Trump has taken administration. The US technology companies are being favored compared to the Indian IT companies. In 2018, in the top 10 companies to receive visas, 8 were of US origin, such as Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook. The rest 2 companies in the top 10 belong to Indian origin. Although, the Indian nationals account for 60% of the overall H1B visas issued in 2019.

Tech Mahindra said that it is planning to file the applications for selected candidates only after synchronizing with the processing time by USCIS. The company is also looking at the demand requirement in the USA and only according to that trend it is planning to file the applications. The Chief Executive officer of Tech Mahindra has said that the company is filing very few applications for the last few years.

While this is the situation with Tech Mahindra, Infosys and Cognizant did not comment on this visa issue.

Once the petition is approved, the Indian IT companies will be bound to the US rules. According to USCIS, there are no penalties for filing fraudulent petitions/applications. But the US Department of Homeland Security has said that there will fine or criminal penalties for such fraudulent cases.

Some companies are even looking to file the applications slower, almost nearing the deadline on June 30. Last month, a temporary suspension on the Green card approval has been issued by the Trump administration, with a provision to review non-immigrant visas within 30days.

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IT companies in Karnataka to work from home until July end.

On Tuesday, the Karnataka government had announced the ease of restrictions in some parts of the state, where the impact has been reduced to some extent. Also, it announced that IT companies should continue to work from home until July end.

Following the color-coded strategy, the government has allowed some economic activity in the state to help the state which is suffering without cash.

Karnataka’s primary and secondary education minister, Mr. Suresh, on Tuesday said that these guidelines can help with more clarity on the businesses to operate on red, green, and orange zones. He further said that there will be no changes in the red zones to continue operations. Some of the red zone areas are Bengaluru Urban, Belagavi, Mysuru, Vijayapura, Bagalkote, Kalaburagi, Bidar, and Dakshina Kannada. These districts constitute the most number of COVID cases in the state and have more than one red zones

Bengaluru has the highest of IT companies in the country and due to the COVID, almost all of them are working from home. 61 cases out of total 295 in the Karnataka state are from the Bengaluru city region. The city has been one of the red zones in the state.

While some regions of the state were relaxed, this decision was taken after Modi had announced to all the state CM’s to take their own decisions and ease restrictions based on the analysis. But social distancing and wearing masks are mandatory in almost all regions.

Karnataka government has been trying to open businesses for the tax revenue, especially the sale of liquor which is the best source for tax revenue of the state. But due to a rise in the number of cases has forced the government to stop reopening any business until May 3rd.

The government also said that it is the duty of the employer to take care of their employees by enabling social distancing or asking the employees to wear the mask. Employers should also look at allowing their employees to extend their work from home until the situation comes under control.

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