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GWS 2020 Preview: Public Policy Forums Look Ahead at Pressing Mobility Issues

At this year’s all-virtual, month-long Global Workforce Symposium (GWS), our five public policy forums will discuss pressing issues across global, immigration, tax, real estate and mortgage, and regulatory and compliance mobility topics.

Across key sectors of workforce mobility, employers and employees have had to quickly adapt to unprecedented challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s been a year unlike any other, but government and business leaders have stepped up to the task of ensuring business continuity so that global workforce mobility can in turn return to doing what it does best. While there’s been lessons learned from immigration and global issues to real estate, tax, and regulatory and compliance issues, 2021 will also likely hold new challenges for us.

In 2020, some of the important policies, expertise and updates Worldwide ERC® and its Public Policy Forum leaders have provided to the workforce mobility industry throughout the year include updates to: Brexit and the upcoming new skills-based immigration system, as well as updates on the autonomy of Hong Kong U.S. president Donald Trump’s visa entry ban and new Department of Labor H-1B and green card wage increase rule how governments around the world responded to COVID-19; real estate’s evolution during COVID-19; how remote work could affect the tax situation of employers and employees and much more.

How YOU Can Impact Mobility Public Policy!

At this year’s GWS you will want to make sure you participate in our 2021 Public Policy Roundtables to let us know what issues are impacting your organization the most and help us set our public policy priorities next year! Join us on:

November 4:

-10:30 AM ET, Global Forum: 2021 Public Policy Roundtable where you will have the unique opportunity to let us know which of the following global issues are impacting your organization the most:

  • General Data Protection Regulation and the fall of the Privacy Shield
  • Brexit and World Trade Organization rules
  • Supply chain relevance
  • The displacement of talent
  • Leadership on the global stage
  • Technology driving and changing mobility

-12:30 PM ET, Tax Forum: 2021 Public Policy Roundtable where you will have the ability to let us know which of the following issues are most likely to affect your organization early next year:

  • Remote working for the employer and employee
  • Global taxation
  • COVID related relief
  • Employment law’s impact on independent contractors and the gig economy

November 5:

-11:00 AM ET, Real Estate and Mortgage Forum: 2021 Public Policy Roundtable where you can explore how the pandemic has greatly impacted global real estate and mortgage markets and processes and understand what other workforce mobility professionals believe are the largest real estate and mortgage issues:

  • The various impacts of COVID-19 on real estate and mortgage
  • Process changes in real estate and mortgage closings
  • The Mortgage Market
  • E-closings and Remote Signings
  • An update on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)

-12:30 PM ET, Immigration Forum: 2021 Public Policy Roundtable where policy leaders will discuss immigration issues affecting your organization from the U.S. visa bans and regulations, Brexit, the impact of remote work and more:

  • Remote work v. working from home including:
    • border openings and closings, stranded workers
    • I-9/E-Verify and H-1B LCAs and global equivalents and more
  • The volatility of immigration public policy, its impact on workforce planning and the employee experience including:
    • U.S. visa entry bans and regulations
    • Brexit and more
  • Access to talent including:
    • the relaxation of immigration rules
    • skills gap, talent pipeline and more

-2:00 PM ET, Regulatory and Compliance Forum: 2021 Public Policy Roundtable to help you plan your compliance with the biggest public policies and laws happening around the globe:

  • Restrictions on global trade regulations and talent location
  • Posted-worker directive for short and long-term assignments
  • Anti-bribery compliance and better defining what do
  • Data Privacy and Protection
  • Placement of talent in different countries and diversity expectations

Want to Learn More?

This year, Worldwide ERC® is connecting the mobility industry virtually through our first-ever virtual, month-long Global Work Symposium. 2020 has been quite a year, and there’s much to learn about across all sectors of the industry. We’ve built out new content tracks that are directly relevant to all of these sectors, including a content track for our Public Policy Forums on 4 November and 5 November.

By retaining all the key elements of our in-person event, GWS will continue to foster connection and learning across the globe for all sectors of the industry. There’s something for everyone at mobility’s biggest annual gathering, and we encourage you to check out our schedule of events and speakers to get a glimpse of what this year’s GWS has to offer.

So if you haven’t already: register now! It’s not too late to sign up to experience this new format with all the elements you’ve come to expect from the Global Workforce Symposium. Join us at the first-ever virtual, month-long Global Workforce Symposium from 28 October to 20 November 2020.

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