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Our take on the latest industry trends and surveys — plus white papers detailing our solutions to client’s mobility challenges.




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Mobility Program Management

Back to Basics | Employee-Initiated Relocation

Let’s be honest; mobility can be really complicated. The world of benefits and policies is rarely consistent or easily comprehensible, and when all this complex language dances together, it’s easy to start losing grasp of the meaning behind it!

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Best Practices & Trends

A Duty to Care | Duty of Care in Global Mobility

There’s no doubt about it, it’s a wild world out there, and as global mobility professionals we have both a legal and moral obligation to ensure the safety, security, and well-being of our relocating  employees and their accompanying family members. This whitepaper will guide you through some of the key components and best practices in developing a comprehensive, and effective Risk Management Program in order to meet your organization’s Duty of Care objectives.

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TheMIGroup’s CEO Named 2017 Provider Superstar | Issue #122

TheMIGroup’s own Rick Bennett, CEO, has once again been named a 2017 Provider Superstar for Relocation by HRO Today magazine. This annual selection of individuals by HRO Today represent the “best and brightest” in HR leadership, earning their recognition through forward thinking, dedication, and innovative practices.

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Best Practices & Trends

POLICY CHECK | Shifting Excess Baggage Provisions

Standard and excess baggage provisions are slowly shifting among international air carriers; how are these changes impacting mobility policies, and how can organizations protect themselves against inflated costs in regards to excess baggage allowances? TheMIGroup’s own Cheryl Gomez-Jareno offers some insight into how you can ensure that your policies remain relevant and responsible in the midst of ever-fluctuating regulations.

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News

The 2018 U.S. Tax Reform and its Impact on Mobility

On December 22nd, 2017, President Trump signed the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” into law. This comprehensive tax reform act contains provisions that affect individuals and employers of mobile employees. The specific policy items affected by this tax reform include:

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Best Practices & Trends

Special Report | Immigration Trends and Challenges Impacting Global Mobility in APAC

Against the backdrop of a rapidly changing landscape of practice and regulations, staying on top of immigration requirements and processes throughout Asia can prove quite challenging for global mobility professionals.

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New Tax Reform Plan May Impact Assignment Costs | Issue #121

As expected, the Republican Party has drafted tax reform bills in the House of Representatives and Senate that have the potential to significantly reform the current US tax code. TheMIGroup discusses three key areas that could significantly increase the tax burden on individuals and corporations.

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Best Practices & Trends

Mobility and the Technology Industry Survey Summary

TheMIGroup’s 2017 Mobility Survey features insight from 20 leading global technology companies, ranging from financial-tech, social media, cloud computing, and online marketplace companies, through to semiconductor and software companies, providing deep and unique insight into employee mobility within this rapidly growing sector.

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Oil & Gas Real Estate Market Update | August 2017

With the consolidation in the oil patch, the oil & gas sector continues to show signs of improvement and has reconciled itself to $50 per barrel. Confidence in pricing levels has resulted in an increase in drilling forecasts for 2017, which is good news for both producers and the service sector. But have we seen an improvement in real estate markets that heavily rely on this sector?

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Mobility Program Management

Return on Investment…Beyond the Numbers

Businesses are scrambling to get their hands on the right tools and metrics to measure assignment success, justify continued investment in mobility, and quantify the value of the global mobility function; one tool to rule them all! But perhaps this is over-simplifying the concept of ROI, detracting mobility experts from the discussions that really matter. In this paper TheMIGroup explores varying philosophies, cultures, and goals behind expatriate ROI, and how these discussions are necessary to developing an effective framework to measure program success.

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Best Practices & Trends

China Rising | Best Practices in Relocation to China

The final installment in our China Rising Whitepaper Series; we’re exploring the top best practice approaches to relocation within China, a long-time hub for international business and mobility. Adopting these programs and policy specifications will help your organization avoid common pitfalls, and allow you to plan for the highest level of success for your relocating employees and their families.

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Diversity in Mobility | The LGBTQ Assignee

For many companies, accepting an international assignment is a necessary step in the path to career advancement. By this reasoning, assignment opportunities should be available to all suitable candidates within a company. However, what if the available opportunities present more significant risks for segments of your employee population? How does that impact their potential to develop within their role, and how can your company meet these barriers head-on?

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Policy and Benchmarking

Back to Basics | Repayment Agreements

Let’s be honest; mobility can be really complicated. The world of benefits and policies is rarely consistent or easily comprehensible, and when all this complex language dances together, it’s easy to start losing grasp of the meaning behind it! Our goal as your strategic partners is to turn the mobilityspeak into something simpler and more accessible to both your internal team, and your relocating employees. In this paper, we’re tackling Repayment Agreements; what they are, how they can be the most effective, and when it’s best to leave them out of the discussion altogether.  

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Regional Insights

Destination Spotlight | Thailand

Coined “the land of smiles”, it’s easy to understand the lure of Thailand as a tropical paradise for travelers and expatriates alike! Recently, TheMIGroup attended a Thailand Country Briefing webinar through Reloc8 Asia Pacific in partnership with Asian Welcome. Outlined below are some of the most pertinent tips, helpful for those currently operating within Thailand, or planning to do so in the future.  

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Canada: Housing Market Showing Signs of Improvement | Issue #120

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. sees better housing market conditions than it did 90 days ago but the federal Crown corporation didn’t see enough improvement in the second quarter to remove its red warning label on the country as a whole.

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Mobility Program Management

The Candidate Recipe

Relocating an assignee is about so much more than filling a skill or need abroad; your company is investing a huge amount of time and resources into uprooting an employee and hoping that with the right amount of preparation, they thrive within their new home and position.

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Back to Basics | The Housing Norm

Let’s be honest; mobility can be really complicated. Our goal as your strategic partners is to turn the mobility-speak into something simpler and more accessible to both your internal team, and your relocating employees. In this paper, we’re diving head-first into Housing Norms; what they are, how they can benefit your program, and when it’s best to leave them out of the discussion altogether.  

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U.S. Immigration Ban – Update | Issue #119

On Monday March 6th, U.S. President Donald Trump signed a new Executive Order, revising his previous order signed on January 27th prohibiting admission of foreign nationals from seven countries.

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Best Practices & Trends

Real Estate Market Update – February 2017

The slow recovery of oil prices coupled with the slashing of capital expenditures resulted in some stabilization in the oil and gas sector in 2016. Massive layoffs appear to have come to an end, but there remains plenty of opportunity for mergers and acquisitions in the industry going forward. This begs the question “Is the worst over?”

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Regional Insights

China Rising – Challenges with China Relocation

The past few years have ushered in some interesting changes to the Chinese economy, led by the Chinese government, and discussed in the first part of our whitepaper series, “China Rising: A New Normal, A New Mobility”.

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U.S. IRS to Revoke Passports for Unpaid Taxes | Issue #118

More than a year ago, Congress gave the IRS the right to revoke a US citizen’s passport for nonpayment of delinquent Federal taxes.

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2016 A Year in Review: Big Data for Big Results!

Among several buzzwords that have been surfacing in discussions about the year’s biggest mobility trends, Big Data is on the tip of everyone’s tongue.

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Alternative Assignment Types

While rotational assignments were traditionally utilized exclusively by oil & gas and mineral extraction companies to alleviate the burden on employees operating within remote or hostile locations, this type of alternative assignment is now gaining traction across a broad range of industries due to its success in fusing synergetic connections between talent management and global mobility.

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2016 A Year in Review: Flexibility is Key

One of the key mobility buzzwords of 2016: “Alternative”! This year, we’ve witnessed a palpable shift away from traditional, as businesses reach for outside-the-box solutions to address the need to balance tight budgets, changing employee demographics, and fierce competition for top global talent.

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2016 A Year in Review: Rising Expatriate Costs

The Global Mobility Industry has had some hurdles to overcome this past year; volatile global markets, political unrest, growing security fears, and challenges in world events have not only impacted several business and industries, but also led to an overall increase in the cost of the expatriate package.

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China: A New Normal, a New Mobility

For the past 3 decades, China has experienced an unprecedented economic boom; with an average economic growth of about 10% over the past 30 years, the country has successfully secured themselves as one of the top world economies.

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The Changing Role of Global Mobility

There has been a palpable shift in the role of global mobility professionals over the past few years.

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Qatar: Port of Dohar Closing | Issue #117

The Port of Dohar is closing to all international trade; as such any shipments are now being routed to the new container Port of Hamad.

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Beijing: Import Regulations Strictly Enforced | Issue #116

Beijing Customs is strictly enforcing existing import regulations on luxury and high value items, i.e. clothes, bags, shows, watches, ornaments, upright pianos, kitchenware, sports equipment, carpets, scooters, etc. Holders of a Chinese Work & Residence Permit valid for 365 days: each luxury item with a purchase value of RMB 5000 and above must be itemized and declared.

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Upcoming! TheMIGroup at the FEM EMEA Summit in London | Issue #115

Look for TheMIGroup at the FEM EMEA Summit and Expatriate Management and Mobility Awards being held in London November 10th-11th. Don’t miss our very own Paul Barnes, Vice President of Client Relations, who will be moderating a session alongside Naspers on the “Art of Supplier Selection”.

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China: Visa Applicants Required to Submit Old Passports | Issue #114

Effective immediately, Chinese embassies and consulates are now requiring that visa applicants whose current passports were issued after Jan. 1, 2014 submit their previous passport.

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TheMIGroup to Speak at Global Immigration Symposium | Issue #112

TheMIGroup’s Phil Tremblay, Vice President, Global Immigration and Compliance will be speaking at a Global Immigration Symposium hosted by Peregrine in Malta on April 19th.

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TheMIGroup Opens in Shanghai | Issue #113

We are pleased to announce that we have established a new business in China, which will operate as a Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise (WFOE), in the heart of downtown Shanghai.

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Best Practices & Trends

The Global Nomad

As the global marketplace continues to transcend geographic boundaries, there is an ever-growing number of business travelers who are mimicking these patterns; expatriates who hop from assignment to assignment, generally ranging from 10-90 days each, frequenting multiple destinations throughout the year.

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Policy and Benchmarking

The Trailing Male Spouse

In discussions about the push for better representation of female expats within the mobility sphere, there have been several questions raised in regards to how the dynamic of a “trailing male spouse” presents itself within an assignment opportunity.

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Regional Insights

The Future of Foreign Business in Argentina

This September, TheMIGroup in collaboration with Labs Relocation Services Argentina, hosted a webinar by Lorraine Sandford, Managing Partner at Labs, titled The Future of Foreign Business in Argentina.

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Regional Insights

Moving to Baltimore: What you need to know

The Metropolitan Baltimore Region is a premiere cultural center, teeming with diversity, art, architecture, and history.

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Policy and Benchmarking

Reimagining the Lump Sum

With the tightening of financial belts felt within many organizations, stricter budgets and a loss of personnel has driven an increase in the number of Lump Sum programs dotting the mobility map.

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Policy and Benchmarking

Home Sale Bonuses: Are They Worth It?

Any transferee will confirm that relocation can be extremely exciting, however most will also agree that the home sale process is often a daunting one. Selling a home is not only stressful from a psychological standpoint, but also from a financial one. To mitigate some of this stress, many organizations opt to include some form of home sale assistance for their relocating employees.

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Best Practices & Trends

Oil and Gas Real Estate Market Update

After the collapse of oil and gas prices over the past year, the economic impact on locations supporting the industry has been substantial. Globally over 350,000 jobs have been lost in the sector. The uncertainty in the oil and gas sector is high, with some analysts suggesting that the recent price increases are being driven by speculative activity and can’t last.

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Events

Rio Olympics – Relocation Challenges

Have you found yourself surrounded by an unusual number of toned athletes and selfie-stick-bearing tourists lately? The Olympics are probably in town. This summer, for the first time, South America is welcoming the games, and Rio de Janeiro is soon to play host to over 10,000 athletes from more than 200 member nations of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). With hundreds of thousands of spectators expected, the city will be a-buzz!

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Mobility Program Management

Home Sale Programs: Mobility Program Administrators Need to Consider FIRPTA Regulations

Transferees who are looking to purchase or sell a home in the United States need to ensure they adhere to the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA) legislation.

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Regional Insights

UAE: Mandatory health insurance required for foreign employees and dependents

Effective June 30th, 2016, employers in Dubai will be required to provide health insurance for all of their employees and their dependents. 

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USA | Prepare for USCIS Fee Increases

On May 4th, US Immigration Services (USCIS) published a notice proposing increases to the processing fees for the most commonly used employment-based and family-based immigration categories.

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Best Practices & Trends

International Assignments: Increasing Female Expats

Traditionally, the global mobility landscape has been dominated by males going on assignment. This has remained consistent over the years, despite the increase in the number of women in the workforce and in senior management positions.

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Regional Insights

Relocating to Africa: Preparing your employees for a smooth transition.

The African continent remains an emerging but important market in the relocation industry for many clients.

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Policy and Benchmarking

Immigration Report | Changes to Immigration Rules

TheMIGroup’s Immigration Report is intended as a reference for in-house counsel, human resource managers and global relocation professionals. The Report provides guidance and highlights vital information to help you remain compliant when moving employees across the globe.

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Regional Insights

Relocating to the Bay Area – Challenges in Real Estate and the need for Destination Services

For decades, the San Francisco Bay Area, located in Northern California and comprised of nine counties surrounding the San Francisco and San Pablo estuaries, has traditionally had a strong real estate market.

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The Impact of Syrian Refugees on Relocation

The Syrian Refugee crisis, while no longer “news”, is widely discussed at the moment as potentially impacting the visa and immigration process in certain destinations. Despite some isolated issues (mostly with Residency Permits), TheMIGroup is happy to report that our local experts have confirmed that most European countries, including Germany, are “business as usual” in terms of processing times.

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New Year. New Look. New Insight. TheMIGroup Launches New Website

TheMIGroup is very excited to announce the launch of our new corporate website! With an updated look and feel, and a focus on providing consultative industry information, our new website is designed to keep TheMIGroup in the forefront of mobility industry leadership.

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Best Practices & Trends

Immigration Report

In this issue we feature changes impacting the following: Canada | Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) Update United Kingdom | Immigration Fees Increased United States | Visa Waiver Program Requirements United States | Proposed Changes to H-1B Visas

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Tom Wortham Named Relocation Professional of the Year

TheMIGroup’s Tom Wortham, Director Business Development has been named Relocation Professional of the Year by the North Texas Relocation Professionals.

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Regional Insights

London Rental Market Review

London has experienced enormous sales price increases over the past 12 months. At the same time, mortgage lending criteria has become more stringent, making it harder for many first-time buyers to exit the rental market & more difficult for buy-to-let investors to raise finance & increase their property portfolios.

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Best Practices & Trends

Relocation Trends: The Rise of Core/Flex Policies

The world of global policy development is changing. Traditionally, relocation policies provided a set amount of relocation entitlements with some flexibility, but not enough to meet the relocating employee’s population’s ever-changing needs.

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Relocation Considerations for the 21st Century: Spousal and Family Challenges

Relocation is a major life milestone, marked by uncertainty, stress and new beginnings.

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Mobility Program Management

Mortgage Disclosures – Integration of RESPA and TILA

In July 2010, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Consumer Protection Act was enacted.

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Minimizing Home Inventory: Leveraging Strategic Inventory Management Programs

When employees relocate, the sale of their current property is often administered through a home sale program. Traditionally, a home sale program is a core component of a relocation, and most often, it represents the highest cost for the employer, especially if the home doesn’t sell within a specified period of time.

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Mobility Program Management

Flexible / Lump Sum Policies – Does Flexibility Equal Happiness

Flexible / Lump Sum Policies were first introduced in the 1990’s recognizing that a “one size fits all package” doesn’t always work.

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Mobility Program Management

BVO with Sunset Clause

Organizations who use a Buyer Value Option home sale program should consider incorporating a “sunset clause”.

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INSIDE TheMIGroup: NEW to TheMIGroup

TheMIGroup is very pleased to announce the following appointments:

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Immigration UPDATES: United Kingdom

Immigration UPDATES:
United Kingdom: New Government Proposes
Tough Immigration Bill

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TheMIGroup New York has Relocated

We don’t just relocate people and corporations globally, we also relocate ourselves.  TheMIGroup’s New York office is now located at 5 Wood Hollow Road, Parsippany, New Jersey.  Please update your records accordingly.

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Awards Announced

TheMIGroup Worldwide Partner Network® Awards Announced

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US Real Estate Trends

INSIDE TheMIGroup:
Webinar Next Week – U.S. Real Estate Trends

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Relocation Provider

INSIDE TheMIGroup:
TheMIGroup – 2015 Top Relocation Provider

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Alert: US Real Estate Trend Webinar

INSIDE TheMIGroup:
Upcoming Webinar – U.S. Real Estate Trends

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Shipping UPDATES:

Agreement Reached at U.S. West Coast Port

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Small Town Blues: Mobility Challenges of Rural Communities

While the recent economic downturn – and associated budget cuts – impacted many corporate relocation programs, most companies still need to relocate employees to fill key roles and enhance career development. However, there appears to be a trend towards an increase in the reluctance to relocate over the past decade, resulting mainly from dual-career families, improvements to technology that allow telecommuting and a general societal shift in the importance placed on work/life balance.

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U.S. West Coast Port Shutdown

Shipping ALERT:
Update: U.S. West Coast Port Shutdown

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Shipping NEWS: Push to Prevent Vancouver Drayage Strike

Container truck drivers serving the Port of Metro Vancouver, Canada are threatening to strike if the provincial government does not amend the terms of an agreement negotiated last year.

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When to File New or Amended H-1B After a Change in Job Location

On April 9, 2015, the Administrative Appeal Office (AAO) of USCIS issued a precedent decision which held that changes in an H-1B employee’s place of employment, to a geographical area not covered by the original labor condition application (LCA), is a material change in the terms and conditions of employment and therefore requires the employer to file an amended H-1B petition by August 19, 2015.

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In the NEWS: IRS Releases 2015 Mileage Allowances

On December 10th, the IRS released its annual optional standard mileage rates that may be used in computing automobile deductions during 2015.

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In the NEWS: Worldwide Study Comparing Gen Y & Gen Z Workplace Expectations

Findings reveal Gen Z is entrepreneurial, less motivated by money and more focused on face-to-face communication compared to Gen Y

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In the NEWS: Dealing with Ebola

International SOS has developed a website providing the latest information on developments, travel advice, education materials,
and more.

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Satisfaction Surveys: Understanding the Employee Experience

One of the most effective ways to measure the success of your relocation program is through the administration of employee satisfaction surveys.

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In the NEWS: Global Shift in Talent M

Global companies are seeing a dramatic shift away from the classical employment model of hiring full-time employees to work a typical 9 to 5 hour shift to a new collaborative, transparent, technology-enabled approach.

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CERC Conference

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TheMIGroup to Speak at CERC Conference

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INSIDE TheMIGroup: TheMIGroup to Speak at CERC Conference

On Monday, September 22nd TheMIGroup’s Gail Reinhart, Vice President, Client Relations Calgary, will be speaking at CERC’s 2014 Conference being held in Whistler, British Colombia.

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INSIDE TheMIGroup: On the Move:

Houston Relocation & Hiring Trends

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In the NEWS: Thailand: Martial Law Update

As previously reported in issue #88, Thailand’s military declared martial law on May 22nd following six months of intense protesting.

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In the NEWS: Thailand: Martial Law Declared

On Tuesday, May 20th Thailand’s military declared martial law, following six months of protests that saw at least 28 people killed and more than 500 injured.

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Immigration UPDATES: Spain: The Necessity of a NIE Number

A NIE number (Foreign Identification Number or Número de Identificación de Extranjero) is an identification number for non- residents.

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INSIDE TheMIGroup TheMIGroup Delivering Real-Time Country Data

Global relocation is a fast-paced industry and access to real-time data is key to helping our clients move their employees safely and securely.

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Shipping NEWS: Canada: Container Truckers Threaten Port Strike in Vancouver

Since last Wednesday, February 26th truckers have been unable to pick up or return any containers to/from the ports and rail terminals in Vancouver due to ongoing labor issues.

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In the NEWS: Temporary Foreign Workers Crackdown

Businesses Feeling Pain of Temporary Foreign Workers Crackdown

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INSIDE TheMIGroup Aligning Employee Mobility to Talent Management

On Wednesday, February 12th TheMIGroup’s Paul Barnes, Vice President, Client Relations EMEA will be moderating a panel discussion during Worldwide ERC®’s Global Workforce Summit in London.

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Superstar Announcement

INSIDE TheMIGroup
CEO Named 2013 Provider Superstar

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INSIDE TheMIGroup TheMIGroup’s Laurissa Norwick is Elected to RDC’s Relocation Management Advisory Council

TheMIGroup is very pleased to announce the 2014 appointment of Laurissa Norwick, Vice President, Domestic Consulting & Process Management, to the Relocation Management Advisory Council of the Relocation Directors Council (RDC).

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Special ALERT Update: Russia’s Suspension of UN Convention & It’s Impact on Shipping

Further to TheMIGroup’s Special Alert featured in issue #75 of reloBuzz, termination of the contract between The National Customs Committee of the Russian Federation (GTK) and International Road Transport Association (ASMAP) has been postponed until July 1st, 2014.

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INSIDE TheMIGroup TheMIGroup’s Denise Fisch is Named to Houston Relocation Professionals’ Board of Directors

TheMIGroup’s Denise Fisch, Global Account Manager in our Houston business unit, has been named to the Houston Relocation Professionals’ board of directors!

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Shipping NEWS: USA: Port of Baltimore Operations Resumed

Members of the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) Local No. 333 resumed work October 18th after a three-day long strike that halted operations at the Port of Baltimore (the port handles more than 30 million tons of cargo annually and is the 11th-largest port for cargo in the United States).

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INSIDE TheMIGroup TheMIGroup to Speak at Worldwide ERC Conference in Dallas

TheMIGroup’s Alex Calvi, Vice President, Client Compensation & Financial Services, will be moderating a session being held during Worldwide ERC’s 2013 Global Workforce Symposium October 23 to 25th in Dallas, Texas.

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CERC’s 2013 Conference

TheMIGroup to Speak at CERC Conference

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AMC Licensing Requirements & their Impact on Relocation

In July 2010, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Consumer Protection Act was enacted.

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Immigration UPDATES: China: New Entry-Exit Law in Shanghai

As of July 1st, the Chinese government implemented a new Entry-Exit Law, replacing existing regulations that had been in effect since 1986.

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Shipping NEWS: Egypt: Ongoing Unrest Causing Shipment Delays

Ongoing unrest in Egypt has resulted in a severe shortage of gas and fuel across the country, while road conditions between Cairo and Alexandra remain unsafe.

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Shipping NEWS: Ghana: Import Restrictions on Fridges, Freezers & Air Conditionersth

As of June 30 , a law passed on January 1 by the Government of Ghana will come into force.

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Shipping NEWS: Croatia: Restrictions Lifted as Croatia Becomes 28th EU Member

On July 1st, Croatia will become the 28th member of the European Union. With the opening of the border to the member states, customs clearance processes will no longer apply for intra-EU shipments.

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Shipping NEWS: Clean and Disinfect Household Goods Before Shipping to the U.S.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency recently released a memo regarding the cleaning and disinfecting of all articles
prior to shipping them to the United States.

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Immigration UPDATES: Canada: Reminder “New Skilled Worker Program” As May 4

As of May 4th, The Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration in Canada’s (CIC) “New Skilled Worker Program” will come into force.

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Shipping NEWS: Chile – Port Strike Update

Port workers have returned to work after reaching a deal to end the three week long strike.

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Special ALERT UPDATE: CBP Sequestration – CBP Rethinks Furloughs, Overtime Cuts

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has delayed implementation of plans to furlough its employees and cut their overtime, according to an agency memo to CBP employees.

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INSIDE TheMIGroup: Now Available! Domestic Cost Estimator Tool

TheMIGroup is pleased to announce the launch of our Domestic Cost Estimator Tool now available through ReloWeb®.

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Special ALERT UPDATE: U.S. Border Delays as a Result of Federal Budget Cuts

In a Special Alert sent out earlier this week we advised that as a result of the sequestration cuts that took effect on March 1st the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will be reducing its working hours and cutting back on overtime.

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Immigration UPDATES: Canada

Canada: Historic Immigration Program to Attract Job Creators

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Special ALERT: Port Strike Averted – ILA & USMX Reach Tentative Agreement

A port strike that would have effectively shut down 14 ports along the East and Gulf Coasts of the U.S. has been averted.

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INSIDE TheMIGroup: TheMIGroup to Speak at the Global Workforce Summit EMEA

On Wednesday, February 13th TheMIGroup will be hosting a panel discussion at Worldwide ERC®’s Global Workforce Summit in London, UK featuring Paul Barnes, Vice President, Client Relations EMEA and Alex Calvi, Vice President, Client Compensation & Financial Services.

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Immigration UPDATES: Canada: CIC Launches New Online Application System

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) have introduced a new online application system for Temporary Resident programs, Electronic Applications (or e-Apps), also called Online Submission of Applications (OSAP).

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Special ALERT: U.S. East Coast / Gulf Coast Port Strike

Further to the report “US: Potential East Coast/Gulf Coast Port Strike” featured in issue #52 of reloBuzz, the labor contract dispute between the United States Maritime Alliance (USMX) and the International Longshoreman’s Association (ILA) continues. Recent bargaining sessions recommending a short contract extension to keep both parties at the bargaining table have failed, and the ILA vow to strike when the current contract extension expires December 29th.

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Immigration UPDATES: Singapore

Government to Curb Influx of S Pass Holders

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A Special Note from TheMIGroup

Hurricane Sandy has come and gone but the effects of that day continue to be felt. TheMIGroup would like to thank everyone for their support and understanding during this time. Our New York team, the hardest hit by the effects of Sandy, have remained in good spirits and fully operational despite the power outages within the area. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those who have and
continue to be affected.

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