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The U.K. government published additional details on its upcoming points-based immigration system.
Efforts to curb real estate wire fraud were adopted into the House Committee on Appropriations bills last week.
Worldwide ERC®, American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA) and International Association of Movers (IAM) sent a letter to Congress on behalf of the household goods moving industry and the workforce mobility industry requesting reinstatement of the moving tax expense deduction and exclusion.
Unintended tax implications could arise for employers with employees working remotely in different states.
New research points to the need for invested resources for domestic talent alongside government efforts to attract skilled talent from abroad.
Worldwide ERC®’s Government Affairs sent letters to Congress advocating for additional workforce mobility relief in the next economic stimulus package.
China’s new security measure over Hong Kong was signed into law, triggering responses from the U.K. and Australia that impact mobility.
Worldwide ERC® adds its voice to the Safely Back to Work Initiative with the release of its Workforce Mobility Safety Framework.
The United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) is set to furlough as many as 13,400 of its 20,000 employees as soon as 3 August.
The U.S. Supreme Court issued a 5-4 ruling that the President has the authority at will to remove the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
New research from India shows what HR professionals and executive management are focused on in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A bill that extends the timeframe for small businesses to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program passed the House and Senate last week to then be signed into law by President Trump on 4 July.
President and CEO Lynn Shotwell and Charles L. White, President, International Association of Movers, wrote to the director of TRANSCOM to request seasonal H-2B workers who aid in critical military moves be permitted to enter the country in the aftermath of the 22 June U.S. immigration proclamation.
New research of 989 CFOs around the world shed light on how their businesses have adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic and begun preparing for the future.
The White House released an amendment to the President Trump’s 22 June immigration proclamation and Customs Border Protection provides guidance to ports on Canadian exemptions from the proclamation.
The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which was ratified in March of this year with the final sign off by the Canadian government, will officially go into effect on 1 July.
The IRS issued a notice guiding employers using employee leave to make cash donations to charitable organizations working to help victims of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A bill that would expand upon the California False Claims Act to protect businesses against fraud moved forward in the state Senate.
New research shows that Learning and Development continues to be a key strategy used by businesses and their leaders as they seek to engage and upskill their workforces in uncertain times.
On 22 June, President Donald Trump released an executive order that extends and expands upon his suspension of new visa entries
Global talent mobility is becoming a key component to global talent strategy, but bridging the gap between mobility and talent management can be difficult. Topia’s next-generation product suite powered by the new Topia One platform seamlessly connects talent mobility to global talent strategy.
The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on 18 June holding that the Trump administration’s termination of DACA in 2017 was unlawful.
On 16 June, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced a 30-day extension of its relaxed compliance of required physical inspection of I-9 identity and employment authorization documents until 19 July
U.S. Passport operations are beginning a phased reopening of passport processing and services.
New research shows that remote work and a focus on employee health and wellness are among the tools employers are using to resume and maintain operations post-COVID-19
China is taking additional measures to bring Hong Kong under its control in a move that’s prompted a global response and will likely have much larger impacts for workforce mobility.
The Main Street Lending Program, a federal initiative to provide loans to small and medium-sized businesses, is expanding access and easing conditions on loans in the United States’ effort to boost the economy.
California’s A.B. 2660 would allow employers to file a group income tax return for their international business travelers simplifying existing tax obligations.
The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act, containing provisions supported by Worldwide ERC has been signed into law by the President
This last week has been incredibly difficult to witness and reconcile given the senseless death of George Floyd, the suffering of so many from his loss, what his loss represents and the despair of countless fellow Americans. These events impact our Worldwide ERC® community and provide us an opportunity to lead by example.
The USCIS announced its phased rollout plan to resume premium processing for petitions.
In any election year, it’s important for U.S. expats working abroad to know how to register to vote as well as send and track a ballot
Several governments are developing economic recovery proposals to help economies, businesses and individuals offset the impact of COVID-19 related restrictions.
Rebecca Peters to Lead Global Public Policy Strategy for Worldwide ERC®
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services plans to reopen certain offices on 4 June with added health and safety precautions.
A new proclamation by President Trump restricts entry into the U.S. to non-U.S. residents who have been to Brazil within a 14-day period
The U.S. House passed a bipartisan bill allowing businesses to receive both loan forgiveness and payroll tax deferment, provisions for which Worldwide ERC® continues to advocate for as the bill moves forward to the U.S. Senate.
Whether through a comprehensive mental health program or through activities that boost employee morale, tactics that focus on employees’ mental health can reduce burnout.
Telecommuting arrangements that result in employees working in a state other than their normal place of work create significant uncertainty for employers related to tax compliance.
A California bill introduced in January to limit the deductibility of mortgage interest to taxpayers’ principle residences and impose an overall cap is no longer under consideration this year.
Like many crucial industries, business travel is likely to experience a new normal once the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, with an increased focus on compliance, duty of care, health, and safety.
H.R. 6886 proposes to amend the Paycheck Protection Program to allow more flexibility for businesses in how they use and repay their PPP loans.
Letters to President Trump, one from Worldwide ERC® and one signed by 324 employers and trade, industry, and higher education associations and groups urge the administration to renew access to critical nonimmigrant talent.
Perspectives on how the talent mobility industry can be a leading voice in the post COVID-19 recovery efforts.
For companies moving forward with internships, virtual tactics that prioritize connection and communication set interns up for success.
The U.S. federal government has delayed the effective date for when a Real ID will be required as an official form of identification to October 2021.
The EU has postponed until the end of 2022 the travel registration requirement for nationals of countries who are permitted to travel to Schengen countries without a visa.
Leading Talent Management and Global Mobility Trade Association Will Contribute Its Expertise, Helping to Develop Protocols for Safely Moving Global Talent
The Democrats proposal for additional Coronavirus impact relief contains some provisions of interest to Worldwide ERC® members.
As the world slowly begins planning for reopening businesses, governments are examining their travel restrictions. Worldwide ERC® is tracking this closely.
With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing many companies to make tough financial decisions about their workforces, Preferred Corporate Housing is choosing to take a different approach by reinvesting in company culture.
Businesses contemplating how to return to work will need a thorough plan that takes the health and safety of employees into consideration for a smooth transition.
Even though employee mobility is drastically reduced as the result of the COVID-19 pandemic, governments continue to act—and Worldwide ERC® continues to monitor and advocate on key issues.
For companies willing and able to continue recruitment during the pandemic, virtual solutions to hiring needs ensure the safety of candidates.
Social distancing has led to lay-offs and furloughs, but when business begins to return to normal, employers will once again compete for skilled talent. Focusing on employee wellbeing now can help.
The Worldwide ERC® Foundation issues a call for 2020 nominations for its prestigious H. Cris Collie Leadership Award
IRS has issued a notice indicating that expenses paid from forgiven PPP loans will not be deductible.
Worldwide ERC®’s President & CEO shares some reflections on the new ways in which we’re now working and connecting with one another around the globe.
The U.S. federal government is still moving employees, albeit at a reduced pace. GSA announced a temporary increase in payments to CHAMP movers and risk mitigation guidelines for the move process.
Employee engagement is a crucial element to overall business success. Keeping employees engaged during the COVID-19 pandemic requires leadership strategy to communicate and provide clarity.
Congress has allocated an additional $310 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program in line with the request by Worldwide ERC® for more funds for the program.
President Trump followed through on his announcement that he would suspend immigration to the U.S. The 60-day suspension begins tonight at midnight (eastern).
Building an employee wellness program that fits the needs of the online remote worker is a key strategy to ensure their overall health and safety.
Worldwide ERC® thanks U.S. Treasury for clarifying the tax implications for workers impacted by COVID-19 related travel restrictions and asks for other governments to follow lead.
Worldwide ERC® is actively monitoring the impact on mobility of President Trump’s intent to temporarily suspend immigration to the U.S.
Worldwide ERC® sent letters to congressional leaders requesting upcoming economic stimulus packages include three provisions related to the Paycheck Protection Program to help Worldwide ERC® members address the impact of the coronavirus.
The U.S. Department of Defense has extended its restrictions on the travel of members of the U.S. military from 11 May until 30 June.
The second of a two-part series highlighting the personal stories that students shared in winning essays via a scholarship partnership program between the Worldwide ERC® Foundation and participating regional relocation groups.
The first of a two-part series highlighting the personal stories that earned 13 young students financial support in the Worldwide ERC® Foundation and regional relocation groups’ annual scholarship essay contest.
As companies pivot to online remote work, strategies that leverage technology to meet learning and development needs ensure that employees continue growing.
Learn how remote work has gone global in recent years, and how the distributed workplace is empowering it to a greater extent than ever before.
Intern programs begin the journey for many employees. It is imperative to set the right tone and provide the right support and benefits. Read further for key insights into successful programs.
This piece was prepared prior to the global pandemic situation we are now dealing with. In such a short time, some intern programs have been put on hold or in some cases, gone virtual; however, once the mobility industry bounces back, we feel these tips will still hold relevance
The Internal Revenue Service acted on 10 April 2020 to greatly expand its earlier filing and payment relief.
In light of COVID-19, Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower changed its work permit rules to expand access to critical sectors and incent foreign workers and their employers to comply with strict policies.
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management issued a fact sheet to federal agencies on submitting waivers for payment limits on relocation benefit incentives for employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.
USMCA will take effect on 1 June, now that Canada has vote to approve the agreement.
With the continued economic impacts COVID-19 is having on the U.S. economy, the government passed a series of relief packages aimed at helping the American economy, businesses, and individuals.
By declaring a national emergency on 13 March, President Trump triggered provisions of the Internal Revenue code that permit employers to make disaster relief payments tax-free.
Worldwide ERC®’s new President & CEO shares some thoughts about the first week of listening, learning and leading in unprecedented times.
Consider these tips for choosing the best school for your children as you move internationally for an assignment.
The U.S. Congress passed a massive economic relief bill to help with the effects of restrictions imposed to slow the spread of COVID-19. It includes relief Worldwide ERC® requested in letters sent to congressional leaders.
The proposed coronavirus relief package defines the amounts to be given to taxpayers based on their adjusted gross income. This can be complicated for transferees who received moving expense payments.
Learn how to pursue diversity and drive innovation and greater financial performance in your global organization.
Distinguished International Human Resources Executive Tapped to Lead the Global Mobility Trade Association Toward Shaping the Future of Work
The U.S. State Department is advising U.S. citizens against international travel and is only expediting the processing of passports for emergency trips, as Canada, Mexico and U.S. close their common borders to non-essential travel.
When executive leaders and managers champion the learning and development of their organization, employees of all ages and skillsets are supported in their professional growth.
U.S. federal tax authorities extended tax filing deadlines to align with their previous extension of tax payment deadlines. State governments may or may not follow suit.
Mobility remains imperative to employers and today’s talent, even as the immigration landscape changes
Worldwide ERC® has sent letters to congressional leaders requesting the inclusion in the latest economic stimulus package of four provisions to help Worldwide ERC® members address the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
A new law was passed today mandating paid sick and family leave in response to the COVID-19 epidemic.
The U.S. government has postponed the tax payment deadline for both individuals and corporations. As of now, however, it has not changed the 15 April deadline for individual income tax filings.
In a 10 February 2020 release, HM Revenue and Customs said it is investigating nine companies and could open as many as 21 more investigations concerning noncompliance with U.K. requirements that companies work to prevent tax evasion facilitation.
President Trump declared a national emergency over the coronavirus (COVID-19) and expanded travel suspensions to the U.K. and Ireland. Europe, Canada, and other nations implemented stronger containment measures.
Many countries in the world are rabies free, and their animal import regulations guard their country’s biosecurity.
U.S. President Trump has announced a 30-day suspension of travel by foreign nationals residing or visiting Schengen Zone countries to the U.S. due to concerns over coronavirus (COVID-19).
To Ensure Safety in Face of COVID-19, The Organization Will Host a Virtual Summit for The Mobility Industry
On 11 March 2020, the WHO raised the status of the coronavirus to a pandemic, but didn’t change its advice as to what countries should do about COVID-19.
For high-tech companies, Ireland represents a potential source of skilled talent. New legislation is in the works aimed at helping employers recruit from that talent pool.
Italy is the most recent to restrict travel within and across its borders to control the spread of coronavirus. Worldwide ERC® is helping members stay up to date with a page dedicated to breaking news.
The United Kingdom will use a points-based immigration system following the end of the transition period of Brexit.
A survey of international companies and their mobility policies shows that the future of mobility is evolving in exciting ways.
As multiple generations comprise the global workforce, employee expectations and priorities are shifting, and HR and talent mobility programs are evolving right along with them.
A bill has been introduced in California’s State Assembly to adopt and expand on the federal limit on home mortgage interest deductions imposed by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA).
Under the Common Reporting Standard that has been in effect for several years, Japan’s National Tax Agency says it received information of 1.89 million offshore accounts owned by Japanese taxpayers during 2019.
C-suite leaders believe data analytics and tech investment are critical tools in recruiting, developing, engaging, and retaining talent. Technology is also fueling upskilling and reskilling programs.
The Israeli Government is implementing widespread policies to minimize the spread and impact of the coronavirus on the country.
The U.S. Internal Revenue Service has updated the list of high-cost housing locations used for expatriate claiming a foreign housing cost exclusion on their U.S. income tax returns under section 911 of the Internal Revenue Code.
This collaborative event takes a new approach to addressing emerging needs in the Talent Management and Global Mobility industries.
Global talent trends and requirements are changing as the result of technology, creating the need for employers to plan around upskilling and reskilling talent to meet their talent management needs.
Technology like Mobilify that sits at the intersection of Human Resources and Human-Centered Design Thinking can help employers competitively attract and guide talent through their relocation or transfer.
The House Financial Services Committee has sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office asking the agency to study whether not requiring appraisals to secure mortgages for certain real estate transactions poses a risk of inaccurate home valuations for homeowners.
Governments around the world seeking to protect their talent from coronavirus have issued guidance and in some cases restrictions on employees traveling to and from China. The approach taken by the U.S. is similar to that taken by most countries, while Singapore’s approach is most restrictive.
The Worldwide ERC® Foundation awarded $1,000 scholarships to 12 high school students in 2019; the application process for 2020 is underway.
Some say there’s a global workforce crisis as a result of talent shortages around the world. Employers wishing to attract and retain the talent they need must understand the skills offered by the different generations in the workforce and tailor programs to attract and retain them.
The list of countries whose nationals face U.S. entry restrictions effective 21 February now includes Burma, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania.
As Singaporean talent search for new career opportunities, companies must look to retention strategies.
Does your mobility program swipe right or left? Several mobility experts discuss how to balance human interaction and technology throughout the talent mobility journey.
The U.S. and other countries have placed restrictions on entry for foreign travelers who have recently been to China and major airlines have suspended flights to China in an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
The global competition for talent requires business leaders to figure out where needed talent is available and may inspire them to use global talent mobility as a solution for staffing needs. Research exists that can help.
Several jurisdictions have passed false claims acts that permit private citizens to report tax fraud and tax avoidance. The District of Columbia may be the next to pass such a law.
Worldwide ERC® continues to work on passage of legislation to limit states’ taxation of non-resident workers.
HR leaders can take steps now to help employees stay safe, healthy and protected.
The official withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union takes place today, posing questions about the future of the transition.
“Ghosting,” or disappearing from a new relationship, isn’t limited to online dating. It can be a challenge in recruiting, too—particularly in competitive industries.
As the 2020 tax filing season begins, U.S. government officials look at the 2019 filing season for lessons learned and offer advice.
Companies around the world are looking to mobility and other strategies to remain competitive while attracting and retaining talent.
Facing the global talent shortage, CEO and CHROs around the world are set to shake up talent management and mobility through technological innovation and artificial intelligence.
This week, the United Kingdom finalized the passage of the Brexit bill, setting into motion its formal withdrawal from the European Union.
On 1 January 2020, the California Data Privacy Act took full effect. Enforcement of the Act will begin on 1 July.
Four trends are positioning talent mobility to play a more strategic role in business success.
California’s changes to their 593 reporting and income tax withholding requirements will affect the majority of relocation home sale transactions in that state.
The trade agreement between the U.S. and China eases the trade dispute and provides U.S. companies manufacturing and operating in China with a better idea of the future of the U.S.-China trade relationship.
Federally mandated regulations required states to pass legislation on the registration of appraisal management companies and minimum requirements for how they provide appraisal services.
A recent survey reminds us that the world’s top CEOs are concerned about attracting and retaining talent, with additional concerns about a recession and a tight labor market.
Global government activities can cause disruption and create new challenges for talent mobility. Worldwide ERC®’s government affairs program is protecting industry interests.
Worldwide ERC® Expands Educational Offerings for Mobility Professionals with Launch of Learning Portal
The U.K.’s points-based immigration proposal could impact the recruitment and retention of EU talent to and from the country moving forward.
In light of the elimination of the moving expense deduction for transferees, here are some tax filing tips for transferees.
On New Year’s Eve, 31 December 2019, the U.S. IRS provided new optional standard mileage rates for use of an automobile for business, charitable, medical, or moving purposes during 2020.
As a part of a giant year-end spending bill, Congress agreed to extend a number of tax provisions that had expired after 2017. The President has signed the bill.
An update on the search for a new Worldwide ERC® Chief Executive Officer
The house passage of the USMCA trade agreement is lauded as a success by Canada, Mexico and the U.S.
The Worldwide ERC® Regulatory and Compliance Forum discussed data privacy and commonsense governance principles.
At the Worldwide ERC® Global Workforce Symposium, Real Estate Forum leaders updated attendees on real estate transactions in the U.S. and Canada, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and technology.
An expression of gratitude and well wishes to Peggy Smith, SCRP, SGMS-T for her leadership and contributions to the association and the industry.
Lawmakers from states most affected by the $10,000 limit on deductions for state and local taxes imposed by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) have introduced legislation to reduce or suspend the limit. However, it is unlikely that such legislation will be enacted.
U.K. voters award the Conservative Party an overwhelming majority in Parliament, making Brexit a near certainty.
At the Worldwide ERC® Global Workforce Symposium, Government Affairs Forum Leaders updated attendees on the implications for mobiltiy of Brexit, EU elections, and ongoing protests in Hong Kong.
As the calendar year winds down, it’s a perfect time to reflect on accomplishments achieved while focusing on future goals. In this 2019 year-end review, including highlights from our current Annual Report, take a look at how your investment in Worldwide ERC® positions the organization to continue transforming to meet your changing needs.
A brief recap of the most recent Immigration Forum discussions on changes to the H-1B application process and Brexit, among other immigration trends.
The global tech industry continues to expand internationally, creating demand for skilled tech talent and a need for innovative strategies to attract and retain these sought-after employees.
The launch of a new Learning Portal delivers industry-leading content for mobility professionals at every stage of their careers.
Global Line and Worldwide ERC® Research partnered on their annual Brasil Mobility study, which included a study of multicultural teams along with traditional program & policy benchmarks.
Blockchain is the basis for innovative digital solutions in sectors important to mobility such as HR and real estate, with Singapore, London and Berlin creating an environment conducive to blockchain startups.
Worldwide ERC® continues to monitor the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on talent mobility programs and policies.
Worldwide ERC®’s Government Affairs Forums meet routinely to keep Worldwide ERC® members up-to-date on issues affecting talent mobility. The most recent in-person meetings took place in Boston at the Worldwide ERC® Global Workforce Symposium.
Singapore’s rapidly expanding tech space creates exciting innovations in HR software.
As mobility teams seek to balance the efficiencies available through technology with personal service, they should consider robotic process automation.
The Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa ruled that payments made by an amployer for consulting services such as tax preparation fees to expatriates are taxable fringe benefits.
Mobility can bring new growth opportunities to diverse supplier programs.
Home sellers in the United Kingdom should take note of changes to capital gains tax rules coming into effect on 6 April 2020.
Brazil’s tech startup ecosystem continues its rapid expansion regionally and internationally, increasing competition for skilled tech talent.
Gross-up calculations will be affected by newly released inflation adjustments that will affect taxpayers’ 2020 filings.
Effective risk planning ensures that global mobility is a key consideration when handling crises of all kinds.
As the demand for tech skills increases, countries are changing their visa requirements to attract foreign tech talent.
Worldwide ERC® President & CEO Peggy Smith, SCRP, SGMS-T, was joined by a panel of HR and Global Mobility professionals at this year’s Global Workforce Symposium to discuss hot topics and the future of the HR and mobility industry.
Worldwide ERC® and RAC announced the winner of the annual relocation appraisal report writing contest. The report submitted by Michael A. Cook, MAI, SRA, was recognized.
Reports from various surveys shows employees desire to relocate around the world, especially those from India, millennials, and U.S. tech workers.
A new study shows that countries who prioritize the mobility of foreign-born talent are more likely to reap the economic benefits, demonstrating the importance of global talent mobility.
The uncertainty around Brexit continues with an EU-agreed upon delay and new elections on the horizon.
Cost-of-living allowances are a key tool in encouraging candidates to accept moves, whether the assignment is across borders or within a country.
Helping expats maintain financial stability in the course of an international career is important and begins with relevant financial education.
Uncertainty related to Brexit continues, despite progress on an agreement with EU leaders on the terms of the U.K.’s withdrawal from the EU.
Four steps will help you become a more effective communicator with non-native speakers.
Canada’s recent elections extend Justin Trudeau’s tenure, but wrest away the Liberal Party’s majority in in parliament.
The results of the 2020 Executive Committee Officer elections for Worldwide ERC® and the Worldwide ERC® Foundation were shared on 17 October in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, during the association’s Global Workforce Symposium.
A new law in California has the effect of requiring employers to consider workers previously classified as independent contractors as employees.
Technology is helping shape immigration compliance in a number of regions.
In many industries, situations often arise in which employers or their foreign clients need to assign employees with little notice but are required to comply with the destination’s immigration regulations. These regulations can be unrelenting, as they relate to eligibility for work authorization based on the prospective assignee’s qualifications, document requirements, and the estimated consular processing times. We’ll identify strategies for employers in these precarious situations and the options available to the company or the client.
Military veterans and industry professionals provide great advice for facilitating a successful PCS move.
Canada is eager to bring in skilled talent through several programs that make the immigration process easier.
A new wealth tax in Venezuela has implications for companies and employees operating in Venezuela.
If the 19th century marked the age of industrialization, and the 20th century the age of electrification and computerization, then the 21st century is surely the age of datafication. Data offers the potential for—in fact, has already led to—massive improvements in everything from personalized healthcare to consumer insights to climate modelling.
India’s reduction of corporate tax rates are intended to attract business.
Illinois eased income tax requirements for non-resident workers in-state for fewer than 30 days.
Short-term international assignments have many tricky nuances related to immigration, employment law, payroll, tax, and other related perspectives.
A new payroll tax passed by Massachusetts effective 1 October 2019 will fund paid family or medical leave in 2021.
Although some parents are hesitant about child vaccinations, Singapore requires vaccination of children younger than 12 against measles and diptheria as a matter of law.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury has proposed to move Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac toward privatization, but with a federal loan guaranty.
Worldwide ERC® and the Worldwide ERC® Foundation for Workforce Mobility have announced the newest members to join their respective boards beginning January 2020.
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Worldwide ERC®’s framework for safe and successful workforce mobility now and post-COVID-19 will help you plan.
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