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Monday, March 13, 2017

Your "Other" Focal Review

Still at Intel?

Brag Sheet and final draft of your Performance Review have been long off with your manager, and now you are just heads down working hard and awaiting your Review before the first April paycheck.  Right?

Have you done your "Other" Focal Review yet?

We have updated our First Steps Page with some changes for 2017.    But the basic information and steps are the same and can be used by anyone as a pre-Review checklist.

Things such as:

  • Gathering Intranet info such as W-2 Breakdowns, SPP summaries, previous reviews, etc.
  • Resumes, LinkedIn advice
  • Matching Gifts, Volunteer Hours
  • Personal Information updates, SERP, RSUs, etc.
  • Healthcare options:   HSA, SERMA, Disability Insurance, etc.

Maybe the "Other" Focal Review should be part of your annual process, while you are waiting for that Exceeds rating.  Or will it be Outstanding with SSL1?   Do you really know what your Review will be?  How much eye contact have you had with your boss or co-workers recently?

Someone once said "Only the Paranoid Survive".   Sometimes that is very good advice.


Good luck.


[The Intel Eliminati, March 2017]

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Intel Corp. Sponsored 10,168 H1B Visas In 2017

According to H1Bpay.com report, Intel Corp. sponsored 10,168 H1B visa applicants in 2017.

You can see the breakdown of the information, by State and location, at this link:

If you are interetsted in the subject, IEEE Spectrum magazine published the following article on the H1B visa program issue: Commentary: The H-1B Visa Problem as IEEE-USA Sees It.

--Dr. Flywheel

Your Personal Genetic Data Will Soon Be Available To Your Employer

If you believe that GINA (the 2008 genetic privacy and nondiscrimination law) protects your privacy and prevents your personal genetic information from being exposed to your employer's health maintenance plan, then this may no longer be the case.

H.R. 1313 was approved by a House committee on Wednesday, with all 22 Republicans supporting it and all 17 Democrats opposed.

Under provisions of H.R. 1313, your employer will be entitled to demand that you undergo genetic testing and the data collected will be made available to the employer.

Read the text of H.R. 1313 here:
https://www.congress.gov/115/bills/hr1313/BILLS-115hr1313ih.pdf

Considering that all data stored in databases could be easily breached, as evidenced from the many reports in the press, it is clear that H.R. 1313 represents a major regression in the struggle for maintaining privacy of personal information. As we have witnessed recently, even the NSA and CIA data has been compromised. In the near future, you might as well attach your DNA test report to your LinkedIn profile.

Fight to protect your rights before loosing them, altogether! Contact your U.S. Congress representative and tell them how you feel about H.R. 1313.

-- Dr. Flywheel

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Direct Participation In Democracy
Oregon District-1 Spring Town Hall Meeting Schedule

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici announced six town hall meetings across the First Congressional District, which includes Washington, Yamhill, Clatsop, and Columbia counties and part of Multnomah County.

Many of us live in the Oregon District-1 and would like to present our questions and comments to our representatives in a direct form. I encourage you to take the opportunity and participate in our democratic process directly, instead of letting the politicians learn about your wishes from paid consultants.

The Congresswoman’s schedule for town hall meetings is as follows:
McMinnville Town Hall Meeting
Date: Friday, March 3, 2017
Time: 6:00pm
Location: McMinnville High School, Auditorium – 615 NE 15th Street, McMinnville, OR 97128
Hillsboro Town Hall Meeting
Date: Monday, March 13, 2017
Time: 6:00pm
Location: Washington County Fair Complex, Main Exhibit Hall North – 873 NE 34th Avenue, Hillsboro, OR 97124
Warrenton Town Hall Meeting
Date: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time: 11:00am
Location: Warrenton High School, Gym – 1700 S Main Avenue, Warrenton, OR 97146
Scappoose Town Hall Meeting
Date: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time: 3:00pm
Location: Scappoose High School, Gym – 33700 SE High School Way, Scappoose, OR 97056
Sherwood Town Hall Meeting
Date: Monday, April 17, 2017
Time: 6:00pm
Location: Sherwood High School, Gym – 16956 SW Meinecke Road, Sherwood, OR 97140
Portland Town Hall Meeting
Date: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Time: 11:00am
Location: Lincoln High School, Gym – 1600 SW Salmon Street, Portland, OR 97205
Please note: Parking may fill quickly. Please consider carpooling or public transportation.
--Dr. Flywheel