Category Archives: International Relocation

What Is A Cost Of Living Allowance (COLA) / Goods And Services Differential (GSD) And How Is It Determined?

You have just accepted the role you have always dreamed about: a long term, international assignment in London! There are so many things to think about before leaving the US. Will you succeed in your new role? Will you fit in with your colleagues? Where will you live? The one thing that you don’t want […]

Current Key Trends in Global Mobility

In an increasingly volatile world, companies are trying to ensure their global mobility strategy remains competitive while increasing their return on investment from costly global assignments. Interestingly, more employees are interested in a global stint now than in the past, even those at relatively junior levels. In many organizations, realizing one’s career potential all but […]

How Immigration Reform will Impact Global Mobility

For years, comprehensive immigration reform has moved through the U.S. House and Senate in stops and starts. The new administration has signaled a more aggressive stance on immigration right out of the gate, and Congress is expected to take up comprehensive immigration reform once again. In the meantime, a great deal of uncertainty will cloud […]

Why Benchmark?

The Benefits Of Benchmarking Domestic & International Relocation Policies Companies benchmark their relocation policies to analyze process performance, evaluate their program against their competitors’ or to measure their program against their own divisional or location-related best practices. If you have a mobile workforce, benchmarking your domestic and international relocation policies against the competition and other […]

International Relocation – Repatriation Benefits

Relocating abroad presents challenges, but often the most difficult part of an international assignment is returning to the home country. The sad reality is that more than 25% of international assignees leave their employer within two years of returning home. With such a substantial investment in each international assignment, it’s wise for companies to plan […]

International Relocation Packages – Holidays & Leave

Employees on international assignments typically observe the holidays of their host country location, which is sometimes a bit of a surprise for the expats. They might be American citizens working for an American company in its Paris office, but they will be celebrating not U.S. Independence Day but French Bastille Day! They usually receive the […]

Global Relocation Assignment Components: Tax Services

While most of us struggle with taxes in our native country, imagine what it must be like trying to determine your tax obligation in another country. Making sure you stay square with both the home and host countries requires professional assistance so most companies offer tax services as a part of their general employee relocation […]

International Relocation Package: Personal Goods Shipment Benefits

Shipping personal goods can represent a significant expense for companies and a significant source of stress for expatriates. Careful counseling is important to ensure employees do not move goods they will not be able to use in the new location (e.g. televisions; excessive or very large furniture that will not fit in the destination housing; […]