For many years, Hong Kong has been ranked as one of the safest cities in the world. However, the recent protests in Hong Kong and unrest have raised some security concerns for corporations with employees and families deployed there as part of its international relocation program. On November 14, the U.S. State Department raised its travel advisory for Hong Kong from Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions to Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution. The U.S. State Department website advises the following: Read More
Category: International Relocation
The core relocation benefit ensures there is some level of parity and predictability among relocating employees and that all employees receive the basic benefits needed to get the transfer done. For domestic relocations, such a core flex program benefit might include: relocation counseling, home marketing assistance, rental or home finding assistance, final trip to the destination, and shipment of household goods.
Additional flexible elements that could be matched to the employee’s requirements could include: Read More
During Worldwide ERC’s Americas Mobility Conference in Atlanta, WERC President & CEO Peggy Smith caught up with TRC Global Mobility’s Leo Capotorto to talk disruption, innovation and trends within the talent mobility industry.
Leo came to the US from Argentina and he brings a unique perspective to the mobility business. He points to his culture in shaping his philosophy of not making a big deal over the disruptions that will inevitably impact the industry, but instead to “go with the flow.” He emphasizes that disruption is a “good thing,” but advises that you have to adapt fast. Read More
EU Elections Highlight Political Polarization Throughout Europe (and how this impacts global mobility)
The following article was originally published on May 30, 2019 by Worldwide ERC. View the original article.
Voters in the 28 European Union (EU) member states went to the polls last week to elect 751 new Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). Results reveal that many traditional political parties struggled in this election and some were outperformed by both far-right populist parties and liberal green parties. The long-time center-left, center-right coalition that has been central to governing the EU for 40 years lost its majority: moving from holding 54% of seats before the vote to only 43% of seats. The newly elected EU Parliament officially takes power in July, but with the substantial number of new MEPs, it is unlikely that the Parliament will be fully up and running until this fall. Once the new Parliament begins to govern, the larger implications of these election results will be clearer. Read More
Until recently, the world seemed to be moving inexorably closer, with “us” and “them” giving way to a more global sensibility. Recent populist political movements, from Brexit to Trumpism to Italy’s Five Star Movement and France’s National Rally Party, have challenged this narrative, advocating for a return of local sovereignty and the primacy of national interests. The implications are significant for global mobility and companies that depend on a free flow of talent.
In a recent TRC Global Mobility/Worldwide ERC Learning Zone webinar, Dean Foster, Founder, DFA Intercultural Global Solutions and Executive Strategic Consultant, Dwellworks Intercultural, discussed how cultures and companies are adapting and responding to the new post-global world. He noted that culture is the DNA of a nation. Everything else—politics, economics, social and business life—is a consequence of this culture.
Dean discussed some on-the-ground daily mobility challenges in three areas: Read More
The following post was originally published on November 29, 2018 by Worldwide ERC.
The movement of government offers clues to the way business will unfold, as new lawmakers enter and others depart. With the recent elections in the United States, we want to provide you with an understanding of the impact such changes could have on mobility.
On November 6, midterm elections (which occur halfway between presidential elections for open Congressional seats) were held, resulting in Democrats taking control of the U.S. House of Representatives and Republicans expanding their majority in the United States Senate to 53-47. Democrats gained a net of 40 seats in the House. Read More
Originally Published by Worldwide ERC on November 4, 2018
On 4 November, HBO aired an interview from 29 October with U.S. President Donald Trump conducted by the media company Axios. In response to a question, the President cited his ability to issue an executive order to end the automatic citizenship for certain individuals born in the U.S.
Based on the video and written excerpts of the interview released by Axios, President Trump stated White House counsel believes he has the authority to end the citizenship right for newborns of non-citizens and unauthorized immigrants through executive order. Read More
In a gig employment relationship, companies do not employ workers directly and permanently. Instead, they contract workers as needed to complete a specific project or to serve for a defined term. When the contracted project work or term is completed, neither the worker nor the employer has any further obligation to the other party. The worker is free to move on to another gig. Subsequent projects might be with the same employer, a different company or sometimes even an industry competitor. Read More
“Global nomads” have been a fixture in talent mobility almost from the beginning: employees who left their home country years ago and have progressed from assignment to assignment and country to country. While they traverse the globe for their companies, moving from assignment to assignment and operating almost like gig workers, they are nonetheless permanent employees and managed as such. These individuals do not localize, but remain attached to their home country for the majority of their compensation and benefit coverage. Read More