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Breaking News:Atlas Vanlines Releases Results of 2019 Corporate Relocation Survey

Every year since 1968 Atlas Vanlines conducts a comprehensive survey of corporate relocation decision makers. This year, 444 respondents completed online questionnaires between January 15 and February 22. Each respondent has responsibility for relocation and is employed by a company that has either relocated employees during the past two years or plans to relocate employees this year.

This year’s survey yields a treasure trove of information certain to uncover the trends and offer clear understanding to the evolving challenges in corporate relocation. In general, 2018 was another positive year for the relocation industry; roughly nine out of ten organizations indicate both volumes and budgets either held steady or increased.

Tax Reform Policy Changes

Most firms, across sizes, implemented policy changes last year in response to the tax
law and its elimination of the deduction for moving expenses. A majority plan to do so
again in 2019. While the most common change was to gross-up taxable relocation
benefits, firms put many other methods in play to manage costs and protect
employees against negative financial impacts.

Below are some keys findings from the survey along with a link to the complete survey results.

  • For the past eight years, the key external factor affecting relocation volumes has been the lack of qualified local talent.
  • Family issues/ties has taken the top spot among reasons for declined relocations, while spouse/partner employment has held second place.
  • Over the last five years, the majority of firms have used candidate assessments to support relocations.
  • For the fifth year in a row roughly six in ten firms indicate spousal/partner employment “almost always” or “frequently” affects relocations.

The Atlas Vanlines Corporate #Relocation Survey contains  a tremendous amount of useful relocation information presented in an easy to read format.  For a complete copy of the survey results please click on the link below:

52nd Annual Atlas Corporate Relocation Survey

About Relocation America International

Relocation America International is a full service relocation management company dedicated to providing innovative relocation services, value added support, and superior customer service to clients relocating families domestically and internationally. Visit http://www.rainternational.com for more information about our services or contact us at info@rainternational.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Labor Strike by Brazilian Customs Workers Causing Shipment Delays

Clients with import and/or export shipments moving through Brazil should expect delays and additional costs due to a labor strike by Brazilian customs workers.

The strike is currently having the largest impact on clearance times for shipments. Cargo is remaining at terminals for an increased period of time resulting in extra storage charges and delays in shipments being delivered at destination.  Once clearance is issued by customs, transit times of 60-90 days are expected from the export clearance date.

Your RAI team is aware of these delays and ensuring that clients are   informed of any potential service disruption.

About Relocation America International

Relocation America International is a full service relocation management company dedicated to providing innovative relocation services, value added support, and superior customer service to clients relocating families domestically and internationally. Visit http://www.rainternational.com for more information about our services or contact us at info@rainternational.com.

Supreme Court Permits Partial Travel Ban to Proceed

The Worldwide  Employee Relocation Council recently issued a statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision to allow a partial travel ban to take effect.  The purpose of their statement was to provide guidance and key reference information for the relocation industry.

Arlington, VA— On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an unsigned order to allow the implementation of parts of an executive order signed by President Trump to temporarily suspend foreign nationals from six countries from entering the U.S. Based on the facts of the case, the Court formed a distinction between nationals who have “a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States” and all other foreign nationals. The Court upheld the suspension of the ban for foreign nationals who have such a relationship, including individuals employed by a company in the U.S.

In its order, the Court did not rule on the legality of the executive order and stated the Court will hear arguments when it convenes for the October Term 2017. In the meantime, the Trump Administration may suspend from entering the U.S. those foreign nationals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen who do not have a relationship with a person or entity in the U.S. The suspension may also apply to the admission of refugees from the six countries.

The President issued the revised Executive Order (No. 13780), Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States, on March 6 in response to courts halting implementation of his initial Executive Order (No. 13769) on the travel suspension. In his revised order, the President made several changes to the initial order including exempting green card holders. Both orders had an effective period of 90 days for foreign nationals and 120 days for refugees. The Administration could put the partial suspension into place beginning on June 29.

Key Reference for the Workforce Mobility Industry

While the revised executive order had exempted foreign nationals with green cards and visas, the Supreme Court order cites as an example the travel suspension should not apply to those foreign nationals who have “accepted an offer of employment by a U.S. company.”

About Relocation America International:

Relocation America International is a full service relocation management company located in Southfield, Michigan dedicated to providing innovative relocation services, value-added support, and superior customer service to clients relocating families domestically and globally.

Visit http://www.RAInternational.com for more information.

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