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Friday, February 05, 2016 by SIRVA Asia

In 2016, Chinese New Year Day falls on February 8 and is represented by the year of the Monkey. In Chinese zodiac, the Monkey is a clever animal and it is believed that people born under this zodiac sign are smart, lively, quick-witted, clever and intelligent.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 by SIRVA Communications

Immigration compliance continues to make front page news in Australia.

As reported in the media1, Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) officials recently raided a Pie Face operation in Sydney following reports of the exploitation of foreign workers. It is alleged that foreign workers on 457 visas have been underpaid. 7-Eleven workers on student visas around the country have also recently made allegations of systemic wage abuse.2

From an immigration perspective, all employers must ensure compliance with the Employer Sanctions legislation. Moreover, those employers who are also standard business sponsors under the Subclass 457 visa programme must also ensure compliance with their sponsorship obligations. 

Thursday, January 14, 2016 by SIRVA Communications
While the moving component of a relocation may appear to be universal, the way in which companies engage a household goods mover may vary. In turn, these variations can have a significant impact on a company’s total relocation costs, access to capacity, ability to track important relocation data and employee satisfaction. The three standard pricing and service methods in the moving industry are- direct, blended and bundled. Each have their own approach, which comes with a few notable differences. However, a new vertically integrated bundled model has recently emerged, combining many of the advantages of the standard three models into a unique approach. 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 by SIRVA Communications
In September of last year, the Shanghai Exit-Entry and Public Security Bureau issued a new electronic–Exit Entry Permit (e-EEP)/Tong Xing Zheng that directly affects Taiwan residents in Shanghai, China.

This permit authorizes residents of Taiwan to visit or reside in China, and the change is a way to facilitate travel between the two and expedite security.

Friday, December 18, 2015 by SIRVA Europe

The Government has announced that “right to rent” checks will come into force across England and Wales from 1 February 2016.

When placing an offer on a rental property, Letting Agents will request prospective tenants show sight of their immigration documents to ensure they have a legal right to reside in the UK.

The new rules will mean that landlords will only be able to rent properties to individuals who can provide a copy of their visa demonstrating they have the right to live in the UK. The landlord is required to ensure the checks are carried out at least 28 days prior to the tenancy start date.  This will be a similar process to the checks employers are obliged to carry out when someone begins work. A list of acceptable documents has been published.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 by Anne Bodin

Over the last several years we’ve witnessed significant natural disasters and political turmoil.  Whether it was Hurricane Sandy leaving significant damage across the Eastern seaboard, the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima nuclear meltdown in Japan, and numerous political uprisings throughout the Middle East, these events have changed the course of mobility programs across the globe. There is no doubt that these events can be unpredictable and relentless, and this volatility requires quick thinking and action when you have your most precious assets-- your people—living  and working in an impacted area.  The basics of how to plan and react to natural disasters have not changed since Managing Your Relocation Program through Natural Disasters was first written in 2012.  These same guidelines still apply.  

Thursday, July 09, 2015 by Maria Hrambanis
Whilst Australian employers overwhelmingly prefer to employ local workers (as it is cheaper and faster), skilled migration continues to play a vital role in Australia’s economic policy. The Temporary Work (Skilled) Subclass 457 visa, Australia’s most commonly used work visa, allows skilled overseas workers to come to Australia to work for a sponsoring employer for up to four years. This visa program is uncapped and driven by employer demand to address skills shortages. 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 by Oliver Schilling

Immigration and compliance is often overlooked; this could be due to an absence of immigration knowledge, confusion over country specific immigration laws, or the lack of reporting tools available. If handled incorrectly this can result in loss of contracts; damage to the company reputation, repatriation for deported assignees, heavy fines and in some cases imprisonment.

The following ten tips will help you save money while ensuring compliance.

    Monday, June 22, 2015 by SIRVA Communications

    Ramadan (the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar) will commence on June 18 and run through July 16, 2015. During Ramadan, customs authorities in many Muslim countries will work shorter hours and productivity will be impacted. This could cause some delays for your relocating employees.

    Wednesday, June 17, 2015 by Angela Chrz
    Summer is in full swing and most college students have either graduated or are on summer break. For many companies, this means the beginning of a summer internship program. To support summer interns, some companies cover the intern’s travel expenses to and from the summer job location and/or housing expenses for the duration of the internship. Summer internship programs do not meet requirements to be classified as job interview, business or relocation expenses. Therefore, these reimbursements should be treated as income and reported on the intern’s W-2. Most companies provide tax gross-up to cover the intern’s tax liability. 

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