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TN Visa Requirements: Your Questions Answered
Jun, 21 2017 | Chelsea Iversen

Growing competition for the H-1B visa over the past couple of years has made employers hungry for alternatives to recruiting a global workforce. Enter…

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Immigration Policy
Green Card Sponsorship: Leverage Your Immigration Policy to Attract Talent
Jun, 19 2017 | Chelsea Iversen

The benefits of a global workforce are irrefutable and using immigration-related perks like green card sponsorship can go a long way. Yes, finding the…

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Global Immigration
What Is the Value of a Globally Diverse Workforce?
Jun, 16 2017 | Britni Sehgal

Staying relevant may seem easy, but only if you’re thinking too small. In a world that’s mobile, dynamic and constantly connected, organizations should be…

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Policy News
Visa Application Questions Updated, Says U.S. State Department
Jun, 16 2017 | Britni Sehgal

The U.S. State Department has released new visa application questions for certain foreign nationals applying for a visa at a U.S. consulate. These new…

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Policy News
Department of Labor to “take every available legal action” to fight visa fraud
Jun, 15 2017 | Britni Sehgal

On Tuesday, June 6, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced the intentions of the U.S. Department of Labor to be more assertive with entities…

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Compliance
H-1B Status Change: How to Stay Compliant
Jun, 14 2017 | Britni Sehgal

The H-1B visa is job-specific, which means whenever there is a significant change for a sponsored employee – including a change of worksite location,…

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Compliance
Public Access Files to LCAs: Your Top Compliance Questions Answered
Jun, 12 2017 | Britni Sehgal

How long do I need do keep public access files? What do I do with an LCA? Do these questions sound familiar? They probably…

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Policy News
H-4 Visa: Requirements and Proposed Policy Changes
Jun, 9 2017 | Britni Sehgal

It’s clear that immigration is and will continue to be one of the main focuses of the current administration’s policy. And while the H-1B…

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Compliance
Form I-9 Compliance and the Importance of Self-Audits
Jun, 7 2017 | Britni Sehgal

Immigration compliance is a complicated and nuanced issue with vast requirements for employers to follow and understand. And immigration compliance and regulations are not…

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Travel Tips
Passport: 4 Ways to Get Yours and Why You Should Apply Today
Jun, 5 2017 | Britni Sehgal

As Americans, our culture oftentimes exhibits an unrealistic need for instant gratification. We want our deliverables, whether online or in the service industry, to…

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Compliance
Work Permits and Business Travel Requirements
Jun, 2 2017 | Britni Sehgal

Short-term business travel and understanding which work permits to obtain can be a gray area for global companies. It’s no wonder 33 percent of…

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Compliance
Immigration Audits Preparation: Your Compliance Policy Checklist
May, 31 2017 | Britni Sehgal

Since 2009, the spotlight has been on employers of visa holders more than the visa holders themselves, and this spotlight has exposed organizations to…

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Policy News
Appeals Court Rules Against Trump’s Revised Travel Ban
May, 25 2017 | Britni Sehgal

On Thursday, May 25, 2017, a federal appeals court rejected President Trump’s request to reinstate his revised executive order on immigration, or travel ban,…

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Compliance
USCIS Site Visits for H-1B and L-1 Visa Employers: What You Need to Know
May, 24 2017 | Britni Sehgal

In early April, USCIS announced its intention to take a “more targeted approach” towards employers of the popular H-1B holders in its petition verification…

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Global Mobility
What Does Global Mobility Have to do With Retention?
May, 26 2017 | Britni Sehgal

CEOs around the world – at least two-thirds of them, according to PwC’s recent mobility report – believe that talent is likely to be…

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Employment-Based Immigration
Employment-Based Immigration: A Complete Overview
May, 22 2017 | Britni Sehgal

Employment-based immigration continues to garner attention in the news. Employment-based visas are everywhere – from proposed policy changes to rumors of EB-5 visas being…

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Managing Your Expat Workforce
Building the Ideal Employee Lifecycle for Your Expat Employees
May, 19 2017 | Britni Sehgal

Building the ideal employee lifecycle for your expat employees can seem like a daunting task, especially when there are so many little things to…

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Visa Bulletin
June 2017 Visa Bulletin
May, 17 2017 | Britni Sehgal

The June 2017 Visa Bulletin has been released, and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced it will only accept employment-based adjustment-of-status applications based…

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Policy News
EB-5 Visa: What Is It and How Might It Change?
May, 17 2017 | Britni Sehgal

Immigration seems to be a featured story in almost every news cycle. Recently, the EB-5 visa has been making headlines, especially in relation to…

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Global Mobility
Global Mobility Experts Discuss Expatriate Management
May, 15 2017 | Gretchen Keefner

If there is one thing that the global mobility experts and attendees of the Forum for Expatriate Management conference agreed on, it is that…

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Compliance
Corporate Immigration and the Changes Impacting Employers
May, 10 2017 | Britni Sehgal

As organizations continue to function in a globalized manner, immigration – and more specifically, corporate immigration – changes will drastically impact how business is…

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Global Immigration
Australia Cracks Down on Skilled Labor Immigration
May, 9 2017 | Britni Sehgal

Just as in the U.S., Australia is readying itself for big changes to its skilled labor immigration.  While President Trump’s immigration reform, dubbed “Buy…

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Policy News
USCIS Completes Data Entry of H-1B Cap Petitions
May, 4 2017 | Britni Sehgal

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced on May 3, 2017, that it has completed data entry for H-1B cap petitions that were chosen in the…

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Compliance
How Technology Can Help Your Organization With Compliance
May, 5 2017 | Britni Sehgal

The process of employment-based immigration is complicated and ever changing. Each country has differing rules, regulations and processes for employers and employees to follow…

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Compliance
Is Your Organization at Risk for an Audit From the USCIS?
May, 3 2017 | Britni Sehgal

It should come as no surprise that organizations sometimes struggle with staying on top of immigration policies. In fact, we recently surveyed human resources…

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Policy News
Day 100: A Review of Immigration Policies Under Trump Presidency
Apr, 30 2017 | Jamie Gilpin

In his first 100 days, President Trump has had immigration reform squarely in his sights.  While his first attempt at moderating immigrants – in…

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Scam Alert
Department of Homeland Security Warns of Potential Telephone Scam
May, 1 2017 | Britni Sehgal

The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Officer of Inspector General (OIG) issued a fraud alert to warn citizens of reports that the…

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Hiring Global Talent
Successfully Navigating the L-1 Visa
Apr, 24 2017 | Britni Sehgal

The L-1 visa is one of the best resources a global company can access in the United States. It has the potential to be…

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Hiring Global Talent
Is the L-1 Visa Right for Your Business? It Might Be.
Apr, 21 2017 | Britni Sehgal

Of all the visa types in existence today, the L-1 is increasing in popularity and continues to make headlines. Why? The L-1 visa is…

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Policy News
Trump Signs Executive Order, Calls for Review of the H-1B Visa Program
Apr, 18 2017 | Britni Sehgal

On April 18, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order called “Buy American, Hire American”, which ordered certain government agencies to review the laws…

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Policy News
USCIS Announces Total Petitions Received for FY 2018 H-1B Cap Season
Apr, 17 2017 | Jamie Gilpin

USCIS Announces 199,000 Petitions filed for FY2018 H-1B Cap U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that they reached the cap as of April…

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Compliance
Survey Results: Companies Struggle With Compliance
Apr, 19 2017 | Britni Sehgal

The latest numbers are in: employers find immigration compliance a challenge. That’s no surprise, considering there are more than 190 countries to worry about,…

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Product & Tech
Envoy’s Tech Beat April: The Latest Feature Updates from Our Team
Apr, 17 2017 | Britni Sehgal

Envoy is dedicated to bringing you the best support for your immigration needs. Aside from our strong customer service and proven track record of…

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Envoy News
Capitalize on Illinois 2017 Event Recap: Immigration & Workforce Management
Apr, 14 2017 | Britni Sehgal

Last week, over 200 C-Level IT executives gathered together to celebrate the importance of mentoring and the positive effects IT leaders have in developing…

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Visa Bulletin
May 2017 Visa Bulletin
Apr, 13 2017 | Britni Sehgal

The U.S. Department of State released its May 2017 Visa Bulletin, showing modest advancement for China EB-2 and EB-3 categories. HERE’S A BREAKDOWN OF THE APRIL VISA BULLETIN…

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Policy News
USCIS Announces Measures to Detect H-1B Visa Fraud and Abuse
Apr, 12 2017 | Britni Sehgal

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced multiple measures to further deter and detect H-1B visa fraud and abuse. According to USCIS, protecting American…

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Mobilizing Employees
Are Employers Investing More in Global Talent?
Apr, 10 2017 | Britni Sehgal

Nearly 60 percent of businesses project immigration-related demand going up in the coming years. And they’re putting money on it. That’s what we learned…

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Policy News
H-1B Cap Reached for FY 2018
Apr, 7 2017 | Jamie Gilpin

USCIS just announced that they have reached the mandated 65,000 visa H-1B cap for fiscal year 2018. Here is the release: WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship…

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Hiring Global Talent
Global Talent Acquisition a Necessity, Not an Option
Apr, 7 2017 | Britni Sehgal

In the second annual Immigration Trends Report, we uncovered some critically important findings that impact global employers when it comes to hiring and managing…

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Product Launch
Envoy Launches New Global Immigration Case Management Platform
Apr, 5 2017 | Jamie Gilpin

Today, Envoy launched the first-of-its-kind Global Immigration Case Management Platform to streamline the complex global work-authorization process. This new platform expands Envoy’s outbound immigration…

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Policy News
USCIS Launches Regional Center Compliance for EB-5 Program
Mar, 30 2017 | Britni Sehgal

On March 21, 2017, the USCIS launched its EB-5 Regional Center Compliance Audit Program (Audit Program). Under this program, USCIS will collect case-specific data…

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Mobilizing Employees
Tech and Automation in the Global Space: How combining your immigration needs with technology can set you up for success
Mar, 28 2017 | Britni Sehgal

Globalization has forever changed the way companies do business – that part we know. Now, more than ever, organizations are concentrating on global mobility,…

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Mobilizing Employees
Compliance Risks at the Global Level: Are Your Business Travelers Protected?
Mar, 20 2017 | Sarah Maxwell

Compliance in the immigration space is a tangled web of investigative bodies and administrative departments – with acronyms like ICE, USCIS, the DOL and…

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Product & Tech
Envoy’s Tech Beat March: The Latest Feature Updates from Our Team
Mar, 23 2017 | Britni Sehgal

Envoy is dedicated to bringing you the best support for your immigration needs. Aside from our strong customer service and proven track record of…

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Policy News
Federal Judges Block President Trump’s Revised Travel Ban
Mar, 15 2017 | Britni Sehgal

Federal judges in Hawaii and in Maryland issued a nationwide order Wednesday evening blocking President Trump’s revised travel ban. This ruling means that travelers from…

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Policy News
President Trump Signs New Executive Order on Travel Ban
Mar, 6 2017 | Jamie Gilpin

On March 6, 2017, President Trump signed a new executive order banning travel from six nations, replacing the EO previously signed on January 27th.…

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Policy News
H-1B News Alert: USCIS Suspends Premium Processing
Mar, 3 2017 | Jamie Gilpin

As of April 3, 2017, the USCIS will not be accepting premium processing for any H-1B petitions for approximately 6 months.  The USCIS has…

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Immigration & Mobility 101
6 Questions to Ask Before You Find An Immigration Service Provider
Mar, 9 2017 | Britni Sehgal

The immigration process can seem overwhelming, confusing and time consuming. If your company has never sponsored employees before, the idea of doing so can…

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Immigration & Mobility 101
Examining Key Trends in Immigration, Global Mobility
Mar, 2 2017 | Britni Sehgal

In a wide-ranging interview with Tim O’Shea, VP of Worldwide Consulting Services for Graebel Relocation Services Worldwide, Inc., we had the opportunity to get…

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Immigration & Mobility 101
Think Your Immigration Services Provider is Secure? Think Again.
Mar, 6 2017 | Mahi Inampudi

Barely a day passes without news of an email leak (remember former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email issues? Of course you do.),…

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Immigration Trends
Employers Plan to Hire More Foreign Nationals Despite Political Uncertainty
Feb, 14 2017 | Jamie Gilpin

Envoy survey reveals anticipated changes to U.S. immigration and trade policies aren’t curbing employers’ plans to hire and mobilize global workforces CHICAGO, Feb. 14,…

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Policy News
Envoy Joins Support Team to #LetNazIn
Feb, 13 2017 | Jamie Gilpin

When 29-year-old Nazanin Zinouri, nicknamed “Naz,” left her South Carolina home to visit her mother and sister in Tehran, she had no idea that…

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Hiring Global Talent
Envoy Immigration Trends 2017 Survey: How Does Your Organization Compare?
Feb, 14 2017 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

As companies increasingly pursue global market opportunities, they continue to face the rise of skilled labor shortages and globally minded employees. A company’s ability…

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Hiring Global Talent
Need to Hire the World’s Best Talent? These 25 International Recruiters Can Help
Feb, 20 2017 | Britni Sehgal

Odds are, the best talent probably isn’t in your backyard. Even if your company is based in a major city or an industry cluster,…

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Visa Bulletin
April 2017 Visa Bulletin
Mar, 14 2017 | Britni Sehgal

The U.S. Department of State released its April 2017 Visa Bulletin, showing substantial advancement for China and Philippines EB-3 and modest advancements in other categories. HERE’S…

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Immigration & Mobility 101
H-1B Visa Success Story: How FiftyThree Fixed its Broken Immigration Process With Envoy
Jan, 12 2017 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

Designers, engineers and makers comprise the core the team at FiftyThree. The New York-headquartered company was founded in 2011 by four “ex-Microsoft guys.” In…

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Immigration & Mobility 101
LCA 101: 3-Step Action Plan
Jan, 26 2017 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

The Labor Condition Application is a crucial part of the H-1B process. Without a certified LCA, your employee won’t qualify for work authorization, even if…

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Mobilizing Employees Internationally
Infographic: A World-Ready Workforce
Jan, 10 2017 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

Why is a world-ready workforce mission critical for today’s organizations? With skilled labor shortages and the rise of globally minded employees, businesses today need…

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Mobilizing Employees Internationally
January Visa Bulletin Update: New Year Begins With Minor Priority Date Movement
Dec, 20 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

The U.S. Department of State released its January 2017 Visa Bulletin. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is mandating employment-based applicants to use the…

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Immigration & Mobility 101
H-1B Cap Season Success Calendar
Dec, 22 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

As H-1B experts, we know every tip and trick for a stress-free cap season. This year, we’re passing on our knowledge through a helpful,…

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Hiring Global Talent
Green Card PERM Filings Increased 11% in FY 2016
Dec, 2 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

A growing number of employers are sponsoring workers for green cards, according to statistics recently released by the Department of Labor. The data shows that…

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Mobilizing Employees Internationally
VISANOW is Now Envoy, Here’s Why
Dec, 5 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

Nearly 20 years ago, VISANOW was founded to simplify and expedite the arduous immigration process. As the HR industry and global talent marketplace have…

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Hiring Global Talent
H-1B Cap Season: Potential Risks of Prepping Last-Minute Applications
Dec, 1 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

H-1B Cap Season is months away. You’ll have plenty of time to prepare your petitions before the April 1 deadline, right? Maybe not.

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Hiring Global Talent
H-1B Cap Season: 3 Reasons to Prepare Petitions Early
Dec, 27 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

H-1B cap season is an uncertain time of year, since U.S. employers can’t control whether or not their foreign nationals’ petitions are selected in…

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Immigration & Mobility 101
H-1B Visa: A History of the Specialty Occupation Visa Category
Nov, 30 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

H-1B visas are the most popular form of U.S. work authorization. Want to know who that came to be? Read on. Every year around…

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Hiring Global Talent
H-1B Cap Season: How Prioritizing H-1B Applications Gave Asurion an Immigration Advantage
Nov, 20 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

H-1B cap season can be stress-free if you start early and have the right help.

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Hiring Global Talent
H-1B Cap Season: 6 Ways Technology Improves the Application Process
Nov, 20 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

H-1B cap season is here. What will you do differently this year to improve your efficiency of the H-1B application process?

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Hiring Global Talent
H-1B Cap Season Best Practices
Nov, 30 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

H-1B cap doesn’t have to be stressful. Have a great cap season with these best practices.

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Hiring Global Talent
H-1B Cap Season: Why You Should Prepare Applications Now
Nov, 20 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

In less than five months on April 1, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) begins accepting applications for the H-1B Specialty Occupation visa —…

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Hiring Global Talent
Global Talent Lays the Foundation for a World-Ready Workforce
Nov, 29 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

Global talent does more than just solve the growing U.S. skills gap. Global talent provides organizations with the necessary resources to best position themselves…

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Mobilizing Employees
International Assignment Planning: What to Consider Before & After the Trip
Dec, 23 2016 | Patty Johnson-Vazquez

International assignments are a great performance development tool. Rather than relegating your employees to their current position, international assignments offers them the opportunity to…

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Hiring Global Talent
Global Workforce Management: Characteristics of an Effective Program
Dec, 28 2016 | Jamie Gilpin

Global workforce management is possible with a strategic, proactive view into compliance, workforce and financial forecasting. But that’s only the tactical approach.

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Hiring Global Talent
Making the Case for Change
Jan, 18 2016 | Envoy Contributor

By Jennifer McClure As a speaker and consultant in the human resources and talent acquisition spaces, I have a mantra that I frequently preach…

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