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Worldwide ERC®’s Public Policy Efforts
What our Advocacy Means to You
The pandemic’s impact on global workforce mobility is significant. As the mobility industry strives to ensure workforce mobility safety, Worldwide ERC®’s Works on public policy efforts regarding economic relief for employees and employers and protections from COVID-19 liability for employers who comply with the law.
Check out our latest public policy efforts:
Engage in our public policy and share Worldwide ERC®’s letters with your Member of Congress, participate in our quarterly webinars and join a timely public policy discussion in our community.
Meet our new VP of Member Engagement & Public Policy
Rebecca Peters has joined Worldwide ERC® as our Vice President, Member Engagement and Public Policy. She is a global mobility advocacy expert and has been recruited to lead the public policy and member engagement strategy for the organization. Rebecca is working to ensure that governments around the world continue to turn to the association’s members for mobility solutions – especially in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
One of Rebecca’s initial projects at Worldwide ERC® was to create a resource for workforce mobility employers and professionals, the Workforce Mobility Safety Framework as a part of the Safely Back to Work Initiative. The Framework elevates top industry resources to help organizations plan for recovery now and assist businesses in safety and success ahead.Read More Download the Workforce Mobility Safety Framework
Meet our Forum leaders & Join a Forum Discussion
The global public policy environment impacts talent mobility in many ways, across industry sectors. Our leaders and efforts work to create inspired solutions that rely on our strong relationships with policymakers, business stakeholders and the association’s:
- Five Forums, each with a different focus: global, immigration, real estate and mortgage, regulatory and compliance and tax.
- Government Affairs Committee, the primary governance body for Worldwide ERC®’s public policy proposals and solutions.
- Worldwide ERC® Leaders including the President and CEO, Lynn Shotwell and Vice President, Member Engagement and Public Policy, Rebecca Peters.
- Board of Directors, who ultimately decide the appropriate level of response to the issues presented by the Government Affairs Committee.
The Government Affairs Committee is the primary governance body for Worldwide ERC® public policy proposals and solutions. It is the liaison between Worldwide ERC®’s Board of Directors and five forums. Each forum is tasked with addressing specific issue areas for the association: Global; Immigration; Real Estate and Mortgage; Regulatory and Compliance; and Tax.
Government Affairs Committee Chair: Kerwin Guillermo, Chair-Elect, Hewlett Packard Enterprises, Singapore
Kerwin currently leads the Global Employee Mobility program for Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Prior to leading the global program, he spent 5 years concurrently managing Asia Mobility and Talent Acquisition Operations for the region. Prior to that he led several major change initiatives across multiple HR functions at Intel for 14 years. His career allowed him to experience Mobility as he moved from Manila to Singapore.
The Global Forum tracks non-U.S. government-related issues which impact the transfer of employees between cross-country borders. Critical issues being monitored by the Global Forum include: Border openings and closings, BREXIT, the EU Data Privacy Shield, mobility issues in Hong Kong and more.
Forum Chair: Nino Nelissen, Executive Mobility Group – Netherlands
Forum Vice Chair: Dale Collins, Graebel – UK
Nino Nelissen is managing director with EMG, Executive Mobility Group, based at Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands. Nino is a tax lawyer that graduated from Maastricht University, and worked as an expatriate tax lawyer for the past 27 years in the Netherlands, Washington DC and Tokyo, Japan. Nino started his career in the Big 4 environment, and resigned as a partner in one of the Big 4 firms to found EMG, a business that integrates Tax services, Immigration services, Destination services, HR consulting services and Move manager services. In addition, Nino is a partner in Vydenz, a company offering expansion services to companies wishing to expand in Europe.
Dale Collins, Chief Strategy Officer and EMEA Managing Director, returned to Graebel in 2015 to drive leading-edge ideas that are inspired by clients. He previously held leadership roles at Graebel from 2000 until 2007.
Mr. Collins’ past experience includes serving as the Chief Executive Officer at Santa Fe Relocation in the EMEA region, and Chief Executive Officer at Interdean Relocation Services. He’s lived and worked in the UK, Italy, St. Thomas, France, Cote d’Ivoire, and the US.
Mr. Collins is a Senior Certified Relocation Professional (SCRP), and has his Global Mobility Specialist (GMS) Worldwide ERC certifications. He earned his MBA from Regent University and a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Mathematics from Texas A&M University.
Additionally, Collins has been an adjunct professor of business at Saint Xavier University, previously served as president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Abidjan, and in 2016 served as the Chairman of the Board at Worldwide ERC.
The Immigration Forum tracks issues and works on solutions in the United States to improve legislation, regulations and other government policies and it tracks issues that impact the worldwide relocation of corporate and government talent transfers.
Forum Chair: Jurga McCluskey, Deloitte – UK
Forum Vice Chair:Azmina Aboobaker, Facebook – US
Jurga has been practising international immigration law for 15 years. She has significant experience in servicing international clients dealing with global scale corporate immigration advice and strategy. Jurga deals with all immigration matters including highly complex corporate and personal immigration matters. She gives strategic business advice to international clients, develops innovative services, regularly engages with the UK Government, the European Commission, and the Mayor of London, advises think tanks and is a frequent voice in the media as an immigration expert. Jurga is also highly experienced when it comes to business evacuation and continuity issues. Jurga was recently awarded Editor Choice at the City Wealth Power Women Awards and is continuously recognised in Who’s Who as ‘’a commercially astute practitioner known for her efficient handling of global immigration cases’’.
Azmina Aboobaker manages the US immigration program at Facebook. Prior to moving in-house, she practiced immigration law for 10+ years and covered a full range of complex corporate and family immigration matters. In addition, she has extensive experience advising multinational corporations and high-growth start-ups on the development and management of highly-scalable immigration policies and programs, compliance matters, and due diligence.
The Real Estate and Mortgage Forum tracks crucial issues of facilitation and closing of real estate transactions in the U.S. and Canada. It monitors issues such as wire transfer fraud, TRID (TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure) Amendments, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) post PHH Case ruling. The Forum also discusses important local issues from around the country as they arise.
Forum Chair: Jay Hershman, Baillie & Hershman
Forum Vice Chair: Patrick McManamy, McManamy McLeod Heller, LLC
Jay N. Hershman concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate and relocation law,
including compliance and corporate and business organization. He also holds the designation ofSenior Certified Relocation Professional from the Worldwide Employee Relocation Council(WERC).
Mr. Hershman is a member of the Connecticut, Massachusetts and District of Columbia Bars,and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court in the District of Connecticut. He alsoholds a Massachusetts real estate broker license.
Mr. Hershman is currently the Chair of the WERC Real Estate and Mortgage Forum and has seen a member of the Forum since its inception. He has served as a speaker at numerous eventsand training sessions throughout the United States discussing real estate and relocation.
Mr.Hershman is a member of the American, Connecticut, and New Haven County Bar Associations. Additionally, Mr. Hershman has been a member of the Cheshire Fire Department since 1992 and held the rank of Assistant Chief. Mr. Hershman served as the President of the Waterbury Area Fire Chief’s Association.
Patrick McManamy is admitted to practice law in Georgia. He is a member of the Georgia Homebuilders Association and Atlanta Board of Realtors. McManamy McLeod Heller, LLC is a leading Atlanta based title and closing law firm specializing in Residential and Commercial Real Estate, Corporate Relocation, REO, Default and Bulk Sales, and Corporate Entity Formation. We have five offices located conveniently around Metro Atlanta, and we are able to serve your real estate needs throughout the entire State of Georgia. Our highly-skilled attorneys and devoted staff are committed to providing exceptional service at each step of every transaction. Constant communication, extraordinary teamwork and positive attitudes are the cornerstones of this commitment.
McManamy McLeod Heller, LLC is a leading Atlanta based title and closing law firm specializing in Residential and Commercial Real Estate, Corporate Relocation, REO, Default and Bulk Sales, and Corporate Entity Formation. We have five offices located conveniently around Metro Atlanta, and we are able to serve your real estate needs throughout the entire State of Georgia. Our highly-skilled attorneys and devoted staff are committed to providing exceptional service at each step of every transaction. Constant communication, extraordinary teamwork and positive attitudes are the cornerstones of this commitment.
The Regulatory & Compliance Forum focuses on compliance with rules governing the transactions related to employee mobility around the world while helping mobility professionals understand different regulatory processes. The Forum monitors issues to get employees safely back to work, corporate social responsibility, anti-bribery and corruption, information security, economic sanctions, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) compliance and more.
Forum Chair: George Powdar, Altair Global
Forum Vice Chair: Jeff Margolis, SIRVA
George Powdar has over 35 years of experience in the relocation industry and joined Altair Global in May 2008. He is currently responsible for Altair’s reporting services group and, as the company’s appointed Data Protection Officer, plays an integral role in maintaining Altair’s global compliance practices. George has been a key resource in development and execution of Altair’s global expansion strategies, implementation of our compliance program, including SOC II, GDPR and most recently, CCPA regulations. George holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting.
Jeffrey H. Margolis (Jeff) began his career with SIRVA in 1996 as Assistant General Counsel of a relocation management company in Cleveland, Ohio that was acquired by SIRVA in 2002 and formed the basis of SIRVA Relocation. He has held several leadership roles on the legal team and became General Counsel in 2013. He is responsible for all legal and compliance matters for the company and manages it’s legal team. Margolis’ philosophy for the legal team is to work closely with the operations and account management teams at SIRVA to achieve effective and compliant results by helping clients understand the issues and challenges they face—and thus achieve optimal solutions.
Margolis continues to engage in industry activities, including participation as Vice-Chairperson of the Worldwide ERC® Regulatory and Compliance Forum. Prior to joining SIRVA in 1996, he served as a law clerk in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, and then served for almost eight years as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor in Cleveland, Ohio. Margolis has also worked in private practice, focusing on real estate. He received his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor Michigan and his Juris Doctorate degree from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio.
The Tax Forum works on issues that impact U.S. federal and state items and monitors international tax laws on employee mobility. The Forum tracks issues like the impact of U.S. tax reform and different proposals to the tax code. The Forum puts forward solutions to improve legislation, regulations and other government policies.
Forum Chair: Craig Anderson, AECC Mobility.
Forum Vice Chair: Jennifer Stein, GTN.
Craig is a Vice President of AECC Mobility in Mt. Prospect Illinois. AECC is a privately held, specialty provider of U.S. and global financial and closing service administration to the employee relocation and talent mobility industry
Involved in relocation since 1981 Craig holds a BS in Accounting from DePaul University, a CPA accreditation, and an Illinois Real Estate Broker’s License.
Craig has achieved the professional designations of Senior Certified Relocation Professional (SCRP) and Senior Global Mobility Specialist (SGMS) from the Worldwide Employee Relocation Council. He has received both the Meritorious Service Award and is a two time recipient of Worldwide ERC’s Distinguished Service Award. Since 2002 Craig has been a member of the Public Policy Committee and now serves on Regulatory & Compliance, the Real Estate & Mortgage forums and is the acting Vice Chair of the Tax forum of the Government Affairs Committee.
Jennifer loves working on puzzles and that's how she feels about some the global tax issues she handles for clients. While clients projects may look similar on paper, she feels that every employee is unique, bringing her a different challenge to puzzle out. She has lived in Europe two separate times and credits those experiences for helping her appreciate the needs and concerns of international assignees.
She has more than 25 years of experience in expat and foreign national tax preparation and consulting. She joined Global Tax Network in January 2011 and serves as Managing Director for the Great Lakes region. She
started her career with Arthur Andersen, and then joined Ernst & Young where she served for over 14 years.
She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Drake University in 1991, and a Master's degree in international business with an emphasis in German from Pepperdine University in 1994.
She is an IRS Enrolled Agent.
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