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CEO's message a jolt to IT workers facing layoffs

Patrick Thibodeau | Nov. 3, 2016
IT employees at insurer expect to train replacements as work shifts to India-based IT services contractor

Computerworld heard from four IT employees. They have provided differing estimates of the affected headcount, and some believe the number of affected employees is considerably higher, although the company denies this.

Employees also said there is little optimism that many will find jobs elsewhere in the company.

One said those who are offered jobs by HCL will have little choice but to accept. Rejecting a job with the contractor may mean loss of severance. HCSC did not confirm or deny that aspect of it.

HCL is user of H-1B visa workers, which means some of the laid-off workers may be training foreign replacements. This firm was also recently hired by the University of California, San Francisco.

Employees at the university, a public, taxpayer-supported institution, are trying to fight the university's action and stop their jobs from going overseas.

Federally required notices alerting the university's IT staff to the use of foreign workers were posted. The visa workers will be doing the same jobs IT staff now does. "Many of us can easily fill the job. We are training them to replace us," said a university IT employee getting laid off.


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