Immigration Reform Passes Senate Committee
After five markup sessions and hundreds of amendments offered and debated, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 by a 13-5 vote, leaving it largely intact.
Global HR Update: Asia
New visas for China; mandatory retirement age increase in Japan; minimum wage changes; Indian Supreme Court rules "hire and fire" practices unconstitutional.
Multinationals Not Confident About Global Payroll Vendors
Seventy percent of respondents said they are not confident that a payroll vendor exists that can provide worldwide services.
Senate Panel Rejects Expedited E-Verify Rollout
E-Verify was the focus of recent amendment voting in the Senate.
Invite the Unexpected in Ghana
As companies consider their strategies for future growth, many are entering countries in Africa and expanding their existing operations on this rapidly changing continent. Ghana, for instance, is a favored place for many firms to expand because of its relatively stable government and healthy economy. However, this location, too, presents business challenges that some foreigners are likely to find surprising.
International Assignments Expected to Increase in 2013
More than 70 percent of responding companies expect to increase short-term assignments in 2013, according to a recent report on expatriate practices by Mercer, a global consultancy.
LGBT Awareness in the Indian Workplace
As the LGBT community grows more visible in corporate India, many companies are realizing the importance of challenging old mindsets, offering open and safe work environments, and ensuring greater opportunities for LGBT professionals.
Senate Bill Revamps Employment-Based Green Card System
The bill would adjust the annual caps on employment-based immigrant visas (green cards), clear up the years-long visa backlogs, recapture unused green cards, establish a new merit-based visa points system, repeal the Diversity Visa Lottery, eliminate per-country caps and create a new investor visa.
U.S. Workplace Investigation Practices Raise Concerns Overseas
Exporting U.S. investigatory best practices raises unexpected conflicts with foreign workplace laws. American investigation practices need to be adapted for the international context and comply with foreign workplace laws.
House Proposes Piecemeal Immigration Approach
The U.S. House of Representatives has begun rolling out its immigration-reform legislation one issue at a time as the Senate announced that its comprehensive approach (S. 744) is scheduled to begin committee markup May 9, 2013, the first step toward a vote.
Senate Bill Mandates E-Verify for All Employers
A critical component of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S.744), introduced April 17, 2013, is a provision that would require all employers to participate in an enhanced E-Verify-type program.
How Important Is 'Canadian Work Experience'?
Even though Canada prides itself on opening doors for immigrants, experts say those who obtain higher education and professional skills in their home country may face barriers seeking employment in the Great White North. Employers often tell skilled immigrants that their lack of “Canadian experience” is the reason they are not selected for a position.
Key Talent Considerations for Working in Iraq
Beyond the significant infrastructure and security challenges in Iraq, how can companies successfully engage with talent throughout the country to build their business there?
Ontario Parliament Considers Updated Regulation of HR Professionals
The Registered Human Resources Professionals Act 2013, a bill that would regulate HR professionals in the same way that accountants are regulated, has been introduced in the Ontario legislature.
Immigration Bill Would Significantly Alter the Employment Landscape
After months of negotiations, a bipartisan group of senators unveiled sweeping landmark legislation, proposing substantial changes to the country’s immigration laws.
Southeast Asia Responds to Worker Demands with Labor Reforms
Labor unrest has led to the strengthening of benefits, wages and labor protections in the ASEAN region.
Global Labor Relations Update
New labor laws in France, Hungary; Changes to the Netherlands' Works Council Act; Changes to Spain's collective bargaining agreements; Managerial unions in Argentina.
Mexico's Privacy Notice Guidelines Require Action
USCIS Announces H-1B Lottery
SHRM Poll: Global Competition for Skilled Workers Fell from 2011
Impending Changes to Australian Temporary Skilled Worker (457) Visa Program
Johansson: India Not Leveraging Its Abundant Diversity