Worldwide ERC® Welcomes President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris

Worldwide ERC® priorities already among new administration’s public policy initiatives

Worldwide ERC® and the over 5,400 workforce mobility and relocation professionals it represents today applauded the swearing in of U.S. President Joseph R. Biden and U.S. Vice President Kamala D. Harris.

In a press statement to the new administration, Worldwide ERC® Chairman Andrew Walker and President and CEO Lynn Shotwell expressed our members’ eagerness to work alongside the President and Vice President in efforts to find policy solutions that benefit the workforce mobility industry. This includes on such critical issues as economic stimulus and tax relief, immigration reform, real estate and mortgage policies, and compliance.

“We welcome the opportunity to be a resource to the Administration on the public policies that will define where work is going,” said Walker.

“If a public policy involves the recruiting, hiring, deploying, transferring and/or relocating of domestic or global talent, then our members will have an informed perspective to help President Biden and his Administration figure out how best to promote a mobile workforce,” added Shotwell.

Day One Biden-Harris Policies Already Reflect Worldwide ERC® Priorities

In December, Worldwide ERC® communicated its priorites for economic stimulus and tax relief and immigration reform to the Biden-Harris team.

The $1.9 trillion economic stimulus plan, the American Rescue Plan, that Biden already released includes provisions to benefit the workforce mobility industry, including:

  • An additional $1,400 payment for individuals on top of the payment from the December relief package. The plan expands eligibility for the checks to adult dependents left out of previous rounds and to mixed-immigration status households.
  • $15 billion in grants for small businesses.
  • $35 billion towards support for $175 billion in small business loans.
  • $20 billion to support transit systems hit particularly hard by the pandemic.

On immigration, we expect the Biden-Harris team to introduce a comprehensive immigration reform package today and begin a series of executive orders to roll back damage done in the previous administration. We expect the immigration bill could include reforms we have asked the incoming administration for, including, but not limited, to:

  • Clearing the employment-based green card backlogs
  • Eliminating the employment-based green card per country limits
  • Exempting STEM degrees and spouses and children from the employment-based green card cap
  • Providing a path to green card for the DREAMers

Biden’s executive actions on immigration that could impact workforce mobility are likely to include:

  • Reversing the Muslim and country-specific travel bans
  • Preserving DACA
  • Addressing the Public Charge rule
  • A commitment to fully review many immigration orders and rules put in place by the Trump Administration, including the L-1 and H-1B visa entry ban and the Department of Homeland Security’s H-1B lottery wage prioritization rule

This week, Worldwide ERC® signed onto a statement with more than 180 entities and individuals representing business, law enforcement, education, faith-based, advocacy and civic sectors, urging the Biden administration to advance bipartisan immigration reform.

As the new administration and 117th Congress work on public policies that will impact the workforce mobility industry, Worldwide ERC® will continue to be your seat at the table. Check out our Public Policy page to stay on top of our advocacy efforts and/or reach out to our Vice President of Member Engagement and Public Policy Rebecca Peters, rpeters@worldwideerc.org.

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