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California delays the backlash over IT layoffs

Southern California Edison’s layoff of IT workers stirred state lawmakers to action this year as the state Assembly approved two bills attacking the use of H-1B workers to offshore jobs.

But on Friday, the state Senate failed to take up either bill in its final 2015 session. They were sidelined with no discussion or vote. The Senate resumes work in January and the bills may return then, said spokespersons for the sponsors.

Assembly Joint Resolution 12, introduced by Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella), asked the U.S. government to investigate the H-1B program. It was introduced after Southern California Edison hired two India-based IT contractors and cut some 500 IT workers.

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IT can score with reverse mentoring

It can make a lot of sense for an IT department to get involved in reverse mentoring. By imparting knowledge about technology to senior executives who might not be very comfortable using such basic tools as email and the Internet, IT can burnish its image with people who really matter.

Reverse mentoring programs pair younger employees with older executives in order to help the executives learn new technology, social media, current music, etc. The relevant topics are second nature to younger employees but somewhat murky to the executives. Jack Welch popularized reverse mentoring when he was CEO of General Electric, directing 500 top executives to seek younger mentors in order to learn how to use the Internet.

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IT can score with reverse mentoring

It can make a lot of sense for an IT department to get involved in reverse mentoring. By imparting knowledge about technology to senior executives who might not be very comfortable using such basic tools as email and the Internet, IT can burnish its image with people who really matter.

Reverse mentoring programs pair younger employees with older executives in order to help the executives learn new technology, social media, current music, etc. The relevant topics are second nature to younger employees but somewhat murky to the executives. Jack Welch popularized reverse mentoring when he was CEO of General Electric, directing 500 top executives to seek younger mentors in order to learn how to use the Internet.

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