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  • 25 Aug 2015 2:13 PM | Anonymous

    The WERC Foundation Executive board and trustees are excited to share the upcoming BESTIVAL charity event information taking place in Boston on October 8, 2015.

    Family Promise is the wonderful charity selected this year. They are a life-transforming provider of transition services for individuals affected by homelessness and poverty. For more information on Family Promise   www.FamilyPromise.org

    Please see the link below to learn about contribution/charitable donations and sponsorship information.  

    http://www.worldwideerc.org/gws15/events/Documents/15GWSFoundationFlyer.pdf

    Reserve your tickets today by contacting

    To discuss a sponsorship, contact

    Have an item to donate? We will take it! Contact:

  • 08 Jun 2015 2:13 PM | Anonymous

    Regional Conference - West - San Jose

    October 21 - 22, 2015 • 5:00 pm

    Join us for the most focused corporate housing training this fall!

    • Maximum networking with colleagues and partners in your region with minimal travel
    • Access to relevant industry information to use immediately
    • Targeted insights from mobility professionals on relocation trends and current client demands
    • Discover what's new about what goes 'in' corporate housing - directly from the partners that provide these products

    More info. HERE.

     
  • 29 Jul 2014 11:16 AM | Anonymous

    LISA MURRAY AND ANGUS GRIGG 

    AFR correspondents

    American beverage giant Coca-Cola is offering a hefty “environmental hardship allowance” to its ­China-based expatriate employees, as foreign companies struggle to attract and retain staff with many people scared off by chronic pollution.

    The allowance, which was introduced “recently”, is believed to be 15 per cent on top of an employee’s base ­salary. A company spokeswoman ­confirmed the introduction of a wage premium to The Australian Financial Review, but declined to comment on the amount.

    “Our competitive mobility package includes an environmental allowance for postings to China,” she said in an emailed statement. Coca-Cola said it was introduced “recently” but would not disclose how many employees stood to benefit from the extra pay.

    China’s hazardous air pollution, with just three out of 74 cities last year meeting minimum government standards, has become the key issue for foreign companies looking to post workers to cities such as Beijing or Shanghai. Many companies offer better medical insurance benefits, more paid trips home and subsidies for air filters to the roughly half a million foreigners working in China.

    Australian architectural firm ­Hassell provides its staff in China with face masks to travel to and from work. It also changes its air filters every week during periods of heavy pollution.

    “In Australia, you might do that every year,” said Peter Duncan, ­Hassell’s managing director for Asia, who is based in Shanghai.

    Japanese electronics firm Panasonic started in April paying its expatriate staff in China “hazard pay” to compensate them for the dangerous air quality. At the time it was believed to be the first major global corporation to do so.

    Three decades of double-digit growth and lax regulation has taken its toll on China’s environment. According to environment ministry statistics only three cities out of 74 met government standards for pollution last year.

    In Beijing, more than half of the days in May failed to meet government standards for air quality, while Shanghai fared slightly better with 58 per cent of days in the commercial capital ­considered satisfactory.

    The World Health Organisation said earlier this year that air pollution was responsible for the deaths of 3.7 million people under the age of 60 across the globe in 2012.

    Ma Jun, director of the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs said “companies need to do more than just pay special allowances. They are part of the problem so they need to be part of the solution and put pressure on their supply chain to improve.” Mr Ma added that Coca-Cola was one of the ­companies working with his ­organisation on their green supply chain program.

    Peter Arkell, managing director Asia for recruitment firm Swann ­Global, said the Coca-Cola allowance showed the company was having ­trouble retaining and attracting staff to China. “I hear more and more stories about executives not extending their contracts because they don’t think China is a good place to bring up a ­family,” he said. “It [the environmental payment] is a way of addressing the air pollution issue but it does look like a pretty generous payment to me.”

    Mr Arkell said the new allowance went against the broader trend of cutting back on expatriate packages by reducing the value of benefits like school fees and housing.

    “It can be difficult to get people to come to China so that’s why this new benefit has arisen.”

    The Australian Financial Review

  • 06 Mar 2014 2:34 PM | Anonymous
    Please join Tax Executives Institute (TEI) for a seminar with presentations by Global Mobility Tax LLP, DLA Piper and Monaeo on global mobility topics on March 20. This seminar will address permanent establishment risks, HR/Tax policies for long-term and short-term relocations of employees, tax equalization, secondments, benefits programs, immigration (visas & work permits), stock administration, payroll, practical/technology approaches for tracking employees on the move and other issues related to traveling and relocated employees.

    Please note this event is open to BAMM corporate members only.  When registering during the advanced registration period select the TEI member rate. On the Registration Information Page there is an "Other Information" section on the bottom of the form. Where it asks for TEI Member Number, BAMM members should enter "GloMo" and for the drop down for TEI Chapter Affiliation they should select "other".

    Register online here: 

  • 17 Jan 2014 11:55 AM | Anonymous
    Member Appreciation & Networking Event
    February 5th, 2014
    5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    Cost: $0 Members / $20 Non-members
    Location: Ariba (North Scottsdale)
    Registration Click here

    2014 11th Annual Best of the West Conference
    March 21st, 2014
    8:00am - 6:30pm
    Location: Scottsdale Plaza Resort
    Registration Click here
  • 14 Jan 2014 12:28 PM | Anonymous
    The Austin Relocation Council is a not-for-profit association of relocation professionals. Attendance is open to:Individuals within corporations or government agencies who are involved with employee relocation, payroll, tax or human resources and service providers who regularly deal with relocation and have an established and recognized relocation department.

    General Meetings are held twice a year. The topics are relevant to the Relocation Industry.

    Our next meeting is February 19th at the Austin Country Club

    Event details can be found at https://austinrelocationfeb2013.eventbrite.com
  • 09 Dec 2013 6:53 AM | Anonymous
    Berry Appleman & Leiden Announces Partnership Promotions

    Dec. 5, 2013 - Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP is pleased to announce the promotion of Rob Caballero from senior associate to partner. In addition, the firm has promoted two partners, Frieda Garcia and Carla Tarazi, to shareholder.

    Rob Caballero represents a wide range of clients, including Global Fortune 100 corporations, regional companies and start-up ventures. Practicing out of the firm's Houston office, Mr. Caballero is the past Chair of the AILA Texas Chapter and previously held the positions of Secretary, Treasurer, and Vice Chair. He served two terms as Chair of AILA's Gay/Lesbian Interest Group and LGBT Immigration Issues Working Group, and was a member of AILA's EB-5 Investor Committee as well as the Strategic Planning Committee. He sits on the Board of Directors for Equality Texas and the National Campaign Board for the Victory Fund.

    Frieda Garcia represents multinational corporations in a wide range of industries, including technology, communication, financial services, media and nursing, and advises them regarding all aspects of immigration, regulations, policy and compliance. Ms. Garcia, who works in the San Francisco office, joined Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP in 2001 and was promoted to partner in 2009.

    Carla Tarazi has a diverse background in all aspects of employment and family-based immigration law, including citizenship matters. Ms. Tarazi focuses her practice on representing multinational corporate clients in employment-based immigration issues, specifically PERM labor certifications, preference visa petitions, and both consular processing and adjustment of status applications. Ms. Tarazi works in the San Francisco office. She joined Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP in 1998 and was promoted to partner in 2008.

    "These attorneys have made tremendous contributions to the firm and we are pleased to recognize their dedication to our clients and to the practice of immigration law," said Jeremy Fudge, Managing Partner of the firm. "The firm continues its commitment to promoting from within and valuing diversity."

    Founding Partner David Berry added, "With operations in six countries and over 350 employees, it is important that we continue to broaden our management team. Carla, Frieda and Rob have a track record of client service and legal expertise, and their promotions will further strengthen the firm's platform and capabilities."

    - Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP
  • 13 Sep 2013 12:49 PM | Anonymous

    Gibney is hosting a special event in Santa Clara for corporate HR and global mobility professionals on September 19, with breakfast and HRCI credit included.   Legal experts and special guests will participate in a corporate roundtable discussion and review changes in the world of immigration.  For registration information, please visit http://www.gibney.com/gibney-seminar-september-2013 

     

  • 17 Jun 2013 11:02 AM | Anonymous
    Pearl Law Group and UK Trade & Investment cordially invite you to join us for Happy Hour and an Informal Presentation, "Update on UK Immigration", with Representatives from the UK Home Office and UK Trade & Investment. Details at:
  • 15 Mar 2013 10:44 AM | Anonymous

    If you act immediately, you can take advantage of expedited processing for the Global Entry/TSA Pre-Check Programs at Pearl Law Group on April 30, 2013 9am-2pm. The usual process requires making an appointment at the airport, but to get you this benefit sooner and more conveniently, Pearl Law Group has invited CBP to our office to complete the interview, fingerprinting and photo segment of the Global Entry process and attain Trusted Traveler status.  Details at:

     http://www.immigrationlaw.com/PearlGEFlyer4-30.html

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