MONTHLY EMAIL NEWSLETTER - FEBRUARY 2017
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UP-DATE ON US TRAVEL BAN
On Friday 27th January President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order suspending travel into the US for nationals of 7 countries which took immediate effect. The countries that were affected included Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. During the course of the week that followed the ban caused serious disruption for nationals of those countries who were travelling in to the US or applying for visas. The ban also impacted dual nationals as well as green card holders.
Lawyers across the states immediately began to challenge the ban through the federal courts and at the end of last week a federal Judge in Seattle issued a country wide restraining order which temporarily suspended the ban on the basis that it was unlawfully discriminatory and had caused unreasonable harm.
The legal battle continued on in the US ninth circuit court of appeals, where a panel of 3 judges listened to arguments from both sides. Late on Thursday 9th February the appellate court ruled against President Trump. Although if President Trump decides to concede, this could be the end of the matter, the consensus is that this is unlikely. It is now expected that the matter will ultimately end up in the Supreme Court as the President has declared the appellate court decision a ‘disgrace’.
In the meantime, the situation is far from satisfactory for nationals of these countries wishing to travel to and from the US or indeed to make visa applications. Whilst technically travel should have been possible again since Friday 3rd February and still is at the time of writing, there have still been reports of airlines refusing to carry affected passengers amidst the confusion.
During the period that the ban was in place the US Embassy in London was advising against applicants from these countries submitting applications, but that advice is no longer present on the Embassy website which suggests, at least for the time being, they are accepting applications. Ultimately, however, behind all of this is the intention to introduce new screening standards as part of the visa application process – President Trump’s so-called ‘extreme vetting’. It is therefore difficult to say how quickly or easily such applications will progress.
Since the situation is changing so quickly, our practical advice to travellers and visa applicants who are nationals of the affected countries, is to seek advice before travelling or attempting to submit a visa application.
We also advise all travellers to the US regardless of nationality that they should expect additional delays upon entry, due to increased scrutiny generally.
For any immediate advice or concerns regarding ability to travel, please contact:
Alison Hutton, Director – T: 020 7063 4682 E: Alison.firstname.lastname@example.org
MANAGING ASSIGNMENTS IN THE UAE – GET YOUR COPY
Relocating employees to the UAE and surrounding region presents logistical, cultural and administrative challenges. Read the K2 Corporate Mobility guide to avoid the pitfalls and improve your assignment success rate.
If you have employees relocating to the United Arab Emirates and Middle East region, this latest eBook will provide you with tips to help ensure the move happens smoothly and the assignment is successful.
The guide has been written by K2’s local office experts and compiled by Samantha Daly in Dubai. It provides nine tips for HR and Global Mobility teams outside the Middle East relocating employees to the region.
Inside you will find information on preparing employees for a move to the region. This preparation will help employee and organisation alike.
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JOB VACANY: ASSISTANT HR PARTNER – INTERNATIONAL
Salary: £32,958 to £38,183
Closing Date: Sunday 26 February 2017
Interview Date: To be confirmed
Application URL: https://hr-jobs.lancs.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=A1768
With your passion for offering a world class HR service, this is the ideal opportunity for you to make a real impact and enhance the reputation of the International Assignment service offer at Lancaster University. Your immediate focus will be on the new International Teaching Partnership with Beijing University in China and will broaden to include supporting other existing international ventures already in place.
As you will appreciate, it is essential that the deployment to any country is made as easy as possible for all involved and you will play a key role in providing practical support to both the Heads of Department and staff members, taking as much burden off them in relation to the arrangements and practicalities for overseas deployment. You are quick to gain credibility and have a knack of grasping the detail of highly complex issues; you also relay what is required effectively to others fostering a collaborative, solution-focussed approach.
You are well prepared for the high degree of flexibility this role requires and know the rewards you get from helping individuals settle into a new country. Whilst this is a fixed term position for 12 months (due to time-limited funding), you will play a key part in establishing a sustainable offer to this high ranking University in respect of International HR.
International travel will be required in this role.
We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.
Lancaster University - ensuring equality of opportunity and celebrating diversity
THE 2017 GLOBAL HR CONFERENCE – PRESENTATIONS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE
This conference took place on Monday, 6th February 2017. The seminar programme was as follows:
International Assignments & Business Traveller Update
A review of current trends with regard to assignments and the tax & social security implications of having more business travellers/commuters.
Hosted by Andrew Bailey, BDO LLP
UK Immigration Policy & Its Effect On Your Business
Do you employ international talent within your company? James Walters, a Director at UK immigration practice Smith Stone Walters, presented on the latest UK immigration news including how post-Brexit immigration controls may affect your recruitment of specialist skills from overseas.
Managing Pay for International Assignees - Coping With Currency Volatility
With so much happening with currency values in key global economies, protecting expatriate purchasing power against currency fluctuations is a constant challenge.
ECA provided insight into recent currency movements and explored the options managers have to maintain the purchasing power of their expatriates' remuneration when significant exchange rate fluctuations occur, including: Using Guaranteed Exchange Rates; Interim Reviews - establishing trigger points; Reconciliation - payment in one currency and Split Pay - the pros and cons.
Presented by Antonia Kuessner, ECA International
Diversity, Gender Bias And The Rewards Of Being Internationally Mobile - Breaking The Glass Border....
It is essential to consider gender diversity at every level if organisations are to have a sufficient pool of female talent to choose from for international assignments. A survey for The RES Forum annual Report found that more than 50%of organisations found it hard to find suitable female candidates for international assignments, and 40% found it hard to motivate women to accept foreign postings. What can organisations do to redress this balance? How might recent socio-economic developments such as the UK leaving the EU and the election of Donald Trump to the White House affect diversity and inclusion practices within global organisations and how can your organisation be prepared to manage the change?
Andy Piacentini, Head of Reward at Standard Life and founding partner at the RES Forum will host an informative session exploring these issues.
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