Last month, over 400 people registered for part one of our informative webinar series on controlling the cost of managing a globally mobile workforce. This month, we’re proud to present part two, which will feature corporate mobility managers discussing innovative methods for balancing and weighing priorities, strategic and tactical program design tips that have resulted in cost control, and the latest most popular cost savings measures.
Sharing their stories with us will be Judy Clark from Boston Scientific and Gosia Piasecka-Manos from The Chemours Company. I will once again be leading the discussion.
This is valuable info that can help you affect positive change throughout your mobility program and across your organization, so I hope you’ll register today to join us on Thursday, February 16 at 11:30am ET.
Please note that this session is free to corporate mobility managers and HR professionals only.
Among the greatest challenges facing managers of mobile employees and business travelers, three stand tall: remaining compliant with ever-changing visa/immigration laws, accurately tracking days in specific locations for tax purposes, and the ability to contact expatriate employees in the event of emergency. We are proud to announce the first app to simplify and streamline all three, the Weichert Global Organizer.
This app improves visa/tax compliance by tracking time in each location, alerting the employee and HR of pending tax or immigration events—such as visa renewal or days in a certain jurisdiction triggering tax liability. These features allow HR managers to be proactive, rather than reactive, to any concerns. Further, at tax time, all of the critical data that the employee and company need for filing and reporting is easily accessible in one place.
Additionally, in the event of an emergency, the app empowers HR managers to instantly locate their employees at any point on the globe, alert them to danger and, if necessary, evacuate them to a place of safety.
Our recent webinar on cost optimization was widely attended and many folks wrote in requesting that we share the presentation, so we decided to provide this summary blog.
With 97% of global mobility spend on taxes and direct costs of assignment such as short and long term housing, shipment of household goods and travel and only 2-6% of spend attributable to a combination of internal administration and third party service fees, it’s no wonder that companies look to reducing policy benefits as the swiftest and obvious path to cost savings. We know however that severely cutting back or setting caps can impact ability to recruit, hire and retain the right talent for the assignment.
So it really makes good sense to stop and ask some important questions: Continue Reading →
It’s a question we hear time and time again: “How can we expand our globally mobile workforce and assignment program when we’re on a strict mandate to control costs?” The answer is global mobility cost optimization, and in this eye-opening, two-part webinar series, you’ll learn the strategies employed by mobility managers at some of the world’s leading companies to reduce spend while making talent mobility more effective.
In each of these one-hour sessions, our panel of experts will offer strategic and tactical tips for reducing program cost, innovative methods for balancing and weighing priorities, and the latest best practices in program design, managing exceptions and tax planning.
Sharing their stories with us for Part One will be Elisabeth Hauss, Global Mobility Program Manager at Bridgestone, and Linda Straw, Global Mobility Vendor & Relocation Manager at The Coca-Cola Company. Laura Levenson, Global Practice Leader of Weichert’s Consulting Services group, will lead the discussion.
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.