New Visa Rules | Hiring & Benefits | Cybersecurity | Form 5500 Updates

eESI Week’s Best for the week ending November 24 takes a look at trends in hiring and benefits and how to handle cybersecurity (and what not to do, Uber). Plus, the DOL’s release of updated Form 5500 series documents.


New Visa Rules May Tighten the Already Tense Tech Employment Pool

The Trump Administration Tightens Rules in Worker Visa Program, Making it Harder for Businesses to Hire Foreign Employees, writes Emily Canal for Inc. this week. The expected rules would limit the employability of visa holders’ spouses and eliminate or reduce the ability of foreign science and tech students to remain in the U.S. following graduation.

The Tech Talent Gap

CNBC reports that Tech has a big talent gap, and companies are hiring philosophy majors, says the CEO of CA Technologies. According to CA Technologies’ Mike Gregorie, philosophy students excel at just the type of analytical thinking that data science needs.


As Competition for Talent Heats Up, Will Benefits Become a Competitive Advantage?

Zack Friedman, writing for Forbes, explains how startup companies attract and retain talent with desirable benefits and suggests that other employers do the same in Think Like a Startup: 4 New Employee Benefits to Attract and Retain Talent.

Speaking of benefits, in October’s McKinsey Quarterly, management consulting firm McKinsey and Company shared analysis of one of the leading voluntary benefits offered by employers, workplace wellness programs. In Wellness at work: The promise and pitfalls McKinsey asked industry experts from around the world their thoughts on the past and future of workplace wellness initiatives.

Meanwhile, for those hoping to land a job with or without benefits, J.T. O’Donnell, CEO of, shared Why Asking This 1 Question in a Job Interview Increases the Chances You Get Hired with Inc.’s readers this week.


Communications on Cybersecurity: What Not to Do

Cybercrime isn’t taking a holiday anytime soon, so employers and their security teams need to stay on their toes. In The Key to Better Cybersecurity: Keep Employee Rules Simple, Maarten Van Horenbeeck explains the risks that even well-intentioned employees pose to an organization’s cybersecurity.

How should you not handle a security breach? Pay off the hackers and keep it a secret for a year. Uber tried that method reports Biz Carson of Forbes in Uber Paid Hackers $100,000 For Silence on Cyberattack That Exposed 57 Million People’s Data. Uber paid a $20,000 fine to the state of New York in 2016 for misusing consumer data. No word yet on what this latest incident may cost the company.


Thanksgiving Greetings from the Department of Labor

Surprise! We brought forms. HR teams can now begin poring over the “advanced informational copies of the 2017 Form 5500 annual return/report and related instructions” according to Monday’s U.S. Department of Labor press release. These documents are for informational purposes only and shouldn’t be used for filing your reports, the release cautions. To find out when the official electronic versions will be issued, users are advised to check the EFAST website.  



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