The Right to Rent scheme, which requires landlords or agents in England and Wales to check immigration status of all prospective adult renters, came into force in May 2014. This scheme was put in place to tackle illegal immigration and protect public services and access to the private rented sector for lawful residents.
Earlier this month, the Home Office announced that as of 1 December 2016, Right to Rent checks are now mandatory and failure to conduct them will be a criminal, rather than a civil, offence.
That means that after the first of December, landlords could be charged with a criminal offence if they know, or have reasonable cause to believe, that they are letting to an illegal migrant. Moreover, landlords will be able to obtain a notice from the Home Office to end tenancies for occupants with no Right to Rent. Continue Reading →
Canada is the second largest country in the world by area, but has a population of only 36 million people. With a relatively small (and aging) population, Canada’s need for expats to fill key roles continues to pose challenges, a problem exacerbated by governmental roadblocks to immigration. Companies are required to complete a rigorous process to prove the need for expats to fill positions, with significant penalties leveled against any corporation or company that tries to circumvent these rules.
The CERC (Canadian Employee Relocation Council) continues to be a strong advocate for the Mobility sector in Canada, and is working actively with the Canadian government in trying to streamline the process and removing some of the obstacles present so as to make it easier for companies to attract and bring in foreign workers to Canada.
So what should an expat expect to find in Canada? Read on to find out. Continue Reading →
The unfortunate certainties of life are death, taxes and, in the case of corporate mobility managers, the never-ending pressure to reduce costs. I am constantly asked by clients to help them achieve that delicate balance between maintaining benefits levels that keep employees engaged and productive while avoiding cost spiral.
Beyond the policy provisions themselves that account for 98% of all costs, clients should examine the processes they use to administer mobility. Every program I review is ripe with opportunities to improve their operational efficiencies. This can be difficult for mobility managers comfortable and familiar with their current processes to acknowledge or see, but often our “outside” perspective can shed light on improvements.
What follows are a number of time tested ideas that might lead to efficiencies and/or cost savings for you: Continue Reading →
The rock band Van Halen will forever be remembered for spandex, teased hair and changing lead singers more often than most people change socks. But there’s another side to VH that you likely never suspected: the band that launched such hit songs as “Hot for Teacher” and “Jamie’s Cryin” pioneered a unique methodology for spotting red flags that can be valuable to today’s corporate mobility managers.
Yes, you read that correctly.
It all starts with M&Ms. Brown M&Ms, to be precise.
Before last week’s Worldwide ERC Global Workforce Symposium in Washington, DC, we were honored to host our annual Global Representative Summit. This event brings together members of our Weichert Global Representative (WGR) network to undergo training, discuss regional market challenges, review trends and re-confirm our mutual commitment to providing Legendary Service experiences.
A highlight of this Summit is our annual WGR Awards. These awards are given to a select group of WGRs who are nominated by our service teams for going above and beyond in serving our clients’ mobile employees.
Congratulations to our 2016 winners: Writer Relocations (India), Pathfinder Relocation Services (Malaysia), Map Relocations (Belgium), EMS (Trinidad & Tobego), Corporate Care Relocation (Ireland), Packimpex (Switzerland), Premier Destination Services (LATAM; in photo) and Fragomen.
In my last quarterly update, I welcomed the lazy hazy days of summer. In a blink, those days have been replaced by back-to-school nights and shorter days. In the real estate business cycle, the traditional “busy season” begins to cool off and the “winter market” closes in.
As we prepare for the inevitable climate and foliage change that fall and winter bring, we also focus on a presidential election. Looking forward requires looking back and in that regard, the summer of 2016 has returned another positive report for the national real estate market.
The cautious optimist in me is still asking some of the same questions from past quarters. How long will the positive trend last? When will the Fed raise interest rates? Will the election be the catalyst to spur less favorable conditions? How long will the Greater Houston markets show price growth despite the volatile oils markets?
For now, we’ll have to wait to see how things play out. In the meantime, let’s look at some trends and developments of interest to mobile employees (and the companies that move them), as referenced in NAR Research’s September/October 2016 Market Pulse: Continue Reading →
As one of the world’s leading workforce mobility companies, we are committed to protecting the private data of the mobile employees we move and the organizations that deploy them. Our technology framework has been built to meet or exceed the international standards for data security, privacy and compliance, and we remain vigilant to ever-evolving advances and updates.
In accordance with this commitment, we were happy to learn that Weichert Workforce Mobility has been certified by the U.S. Department of Commerce as compliant with the new EU-U.S. Data Privacy Shield Framework.
This Framework was developed by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the European Commission to provide companies on both sides of the Atlantic with a standard for upholding European Union data protection requirements when transferring personal data from the EU to the U.S. in support of transatlantic commerce.
With this certification, Weichert Workforce Mobility gives its clients the confidence that the personal data of their mobile employees is being managed within the strictest protection methods and processes, and that Weichert is employing safeguards that meet European legislation guidelines for the processing of personal data being transferred to non-EU countries.
Today’s companies are forever seeking ways to mobilize employees faster, easier and more cost-effectively, making the theme of this year’s annual CERC Conference, “Global Mobility: Building a Better Model” especially fitting. The Conference will be held September 25-27 in Vancouver, and Weichert Workforce Mobility is proud to be among the impressive array of subject matter experts and thought leaders who will be contributing to this year’s program.
I’ll be hosting a session discussing the Top 10 Cost Saving Opportunities for Your Domestic Mobility Programs. This session will outline the techniques organizations are using to identify cost savings in their domestic mobility programs, from home sale practices and controlling exceptions to widespread program changes including flexible approaches. I’m proud to be joined by a panel of industry veterans — Louis Lagacé from CN, Sandra Cairns from Dwellworks and Fred Haladay from Atlas Canada — for this program.
As always, subject matter experts from our Canadian offices will be on hand in the Exhibit Hall to answer any questions. We’re looking forward to meeting fellow Conference participants and hope you’ll join us for what promises to be a memorable event!
This week, we were happy to learn that we’d been nominated for two EMEA EMMA Awards in the categories of Relocation Management Company of the Year and Best Vendor Partnership, where we were nominated alongside Cisco Systems.
While we are certainly honored to be considered among the top RMCs in the EMEA region, we are particularly proud of the Vendor partnership nomination with Cisco Systems. Cisco has been an amazing partner, open to new ideas and fiercely dedicated to leveraging workforce mobility to drive their global talent management initiatives.
Although it’s an honor to simply be nominated, we always have our fingers crossed. Winners will be announced in London on November 11.