Tag Archives: corporate relocation

Shelly Bishop Appointed to the Worldwide ERC Ambassador Committee!

We are pleased to announce that Shelly Bishop, Director of Global Business Development for Relocation  America International, has been selected by the Worldwide Employee Relocation Council to be part of the Ambassador Committee for the Americas Mobility Conference being held May 17-19 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

The purpose and scope of the Ambassador Committee is to positively represent Worldwide ERC® – its vision, mission and initiatives – at industry events and to others who could benefit from our industry information. The Committee provides support to the value proposition of membership with Worldwide ERC® and encourages participation from existing and future members.

In addition, Shelly is also a featured speaker at the conference.  We look forward to networking with industry colleagues and gaining new insights into employee global mobility.  For a complete list of speakers please click on the link below:


See everyone next month!

About Relocation America International

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

Visit http://www.rainternational.com for more information about our services or contact us at mobility@rainternational.com.

Global Mobility and Immigration Updates from the ASE 2015 Global HR Conference

UntitledDave Foess, VP of Global Business Development for Relocation America International, was in attendance for this year’s American Society of Employers Global HR Conference held at the University of Michigan campus in Dearborn, Michigan on August 18th.

The event titled “Putting the Expatriate Mobility Package Together” was sponsored by Deloitte and centered on global compensation and mobility from the HR side of the equation. A number of pertinent topics were examined in great depth including global immigration trends, international employment law, and expatriate mobility packages.

Current Global Immigration and Mobility Trends

Most companies today are focused on the rapid deployment of talent, attracting top talent, compliance, and minimization of negative publicity. Other current global immigration trends identified during the conference include:

  • Short term assignments comprise most employment-based immigration compliance violations
  • Financial exposure to companies is increasing due to the large volume of employees on assignments. The continued increase in offshoring and cross border joint ventures is cited as a main reason why expatriate assignments are increasing.
  • With increased focus on security, there continues to be an impact on immigration processing the “on arrival” experience for international travelers.
  • Global companies continue to promote short-term assignments to avoid overhead and tax costs associated with long-term assignments.

Unstable political environments, including tensions and current events, continue to impact visa processing and mobility of global talent.  Where high unemployment continues to be a concern, compliance and worksite enforcement efforts remain focused on protecting local workforces.

Other factors continuing to impact global mobility include

  • Family issues
  • Dual-career issues
  • Career progression
  • Working remotely
  • Personal safety
  • Increased technology
  • Cost containment directives
  • Diversity issues

Overall the conference offered a great opportunity to network with top HR professionals and gain knowledge about those issues which are impacting both global immigration and global mobility. For more information regarding current global immigration trends  examined and discussed at the American Society of Employers Global HR Conference, click on the following link:

Global Immigration Trends





Breaking News: Atlas Vanlines Releases 2015 Corporate Relocation Survey


According to one of the nation’s leading movers, Atlas Van Lines, the past year was one of increased corporate relocations. In response to the 48th Annual Corporate Relocation Survey, 49 percent of firms saw relocation volumes increase in 2014 and roughly half expect volumes to increase further overall and internationally in 2015.

“We’re thrilled to see our longest running industry survey results identify increased relocation volume and budgets,” said Jack Griffin, president and COO of Atlas World Group. “Our human resource and mobility peers expect corporate relocations to increase throughout the remainder of 2015, and we look forward to working alongside them to identify key insights that will continue to assist them in their profession.”

2015 Survey Fast Facts:

  • On average, companies relocated 50-99 employees in 2014.
  • The greatest growth in relocation occurred at international firms with more than half reporting increases in both overall volumes and budgets.
  • Company growth and lack of local talent tied for the top factors that impacted relocation volumes in 2014. However, these are nearly equal in weight to economic conditions (38 percent) as well.
  • The real estate market’s impact on relocation is now at its lowest level since measurement began in 2007 (22 percent) at 21 percent.
  • Fifty-nine percent of firms saw employees decline relocation.
  • Roughly twice as many firms are using lumps sums to cover real estate assistance/transactions (28 percent vs. 11 percent+) or rental assistance transactions (32 percent vs. 16 percent+) than in the previous four years on average. At the same time, use of lump sums to cover miscellaneous allowances has dropped significantly (40 percent vs. 53 percent+).

For complete survey results click here:   2015 Relocation Survey