Last Year DOL added a new question in H1B LCA form which made it mandatory to specify the end client name and work location address.
Now, Department of Labor has officially published the data collected from all these LCAs to show all end client names and their work locations used by IT consulting companies including the big names like Infosys, Wipro, TCS, Capgemini, HCL and others.
This article will discuss:
Publicly Showing End Client Names – Political Benefit?
The only benefit that may be drawn from publicly sharing the end client names seems to be a political keeping in mind the presidential elections.
It is not a hidden fact that most IT technology majors like Facebook, Apple, Microsoft and others file their own in-house H1Bs and hire consultants from IT consulting companies in large numbers. They have always openly accepted this fact that their business depends on the skilled work force from India and China.
This seems to be a Trump Administration plan to bring out the names of these US based technology companies who actually use H1B visas or give out large outsourcing contracts to Indian IT majors. They probably want to use their names in their political speeches in the election year to again build an anti H1B wave to garner more votes.
Should an H1B Employee be Worried?
This will not affect you as an H1B employee due to the fact that the LCA have always been publicly available online as well published in your own office in publicly visible areas.
There is no need to worry. You are fine.
How to Check the End Client Names?
If you are interested in looking at the data and your fellow H1B’s salary details, you can get it from the most recent DOL data page here:
You need to download this 100MB excel sheet with 400k+ records and then look for your employer name. You can add a filter to top row in MS Excel by selecting the first row and then clicking ‘Add sort & filter’ from top menu.
Once filtered, select your employer name and then look for column ‘SECONDARY_ENTITY_BUSINESS_NAME‘ to know the end client name.
To know the end client names for Infosys, you can filter ‘Infosys’ in column ‘H’ and then look for end client names in column ‘S’:
Know Your H1B friend’s Salary
Look for the columns ‘AP’ and ‘AQ’ in the same sheet to know the salary:
Will IT Consulting Companies need New Contracts?
It is possible that the end clients like Amazon, IBM and other major clients that hire H1B consultants may try to re-negotiate the contracts with the IT consulting companies in order to hide their name from reaching the new LCA form.
As a matter of fact, if these end clients were worried about their names being publicly shared, they would have already taken steps to hide or safeguard themselves. I do not think it makes any big difference to their public image in US as they themselves also file thousands of direct hire H1B applications each year.
Even if the contract is re-negotiated, the LCA form is here to stay and the end client name and work location is still required.
Can You Use End Client Name Data for your Benefit?
I am not aware of any use from the point of view of an H1B worker except that you see your manager to re-negotiate your salary. The salary data was always publicly available though.
I do not know of anybody who may have got a raise after taking this sheet to their manager for comparing salaries with peers!
For instance, an H1B employee in TCS who’s client is Apple Inc will find his or her data in the above data set. What can you really do about it?
If you have any ideas about how to use this data for some benefit, do share with us in the comments. We would like to hear it.