Immigration & Mobility

We’re pleased to share Baker McKenzie’s US Employment & Compensation Law Digest 2018/2019. The Digest outlines recent developments in US law relevant to employers and provides insight on global trends in gender pay, #MeToo, business change, and the modern workforce. In short, it’s an invaluable resource for Canadian companies with operations in the US and/or internationally.

The US Transportation Security Administration has announced that by 3 AM EDT on March 25, 2017, passengers on flights to the US from 10 specific airports will be required to check any electronic devices larger than a smartphone. The affected airports are all in North Africa and the Middle East, and include some of the most frequently used airports among international business travelers. As a result, employees who might otherwise plan to work on the plane will be limited to those tasks that can be performed either from their phones or on paper. Employers should communicate these restrictions to employees who travel internationally so they can be better prepared. For further information, read here.

On February 20, 2017, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly issued two Memoranda that outline how DHS plans to implement the Executive Orders on border security and interior immigration enforcement signed by President Trump on January 25, 2017. Our US colleague recently authored an article that examines the potential impact of the DHS guidelines on employers with employees located in the US along with recommended actions for these employers. The article may be accessed here.

While President Trump’s Executive Order temporarily banning certain foreign nationals from entry into the United States is dominating the headlines these days, employers who have employees with US passports now have something else to worry about. Under a 2015 law, the State Department has the right to revoke a US taxpayer’s passport for nonpayment of delinquent Federal taxes. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently published guidance to provide an understanding of how the law may apply in practice. For our analysis of the IRS guidance and our recommended actions for employers, read here.

We are living in uncertain and quickly changing times.  Most recently, on January 27, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order (EO) that suspends entry into the United States for 90 days of certain aliens from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.  For more information about the EO and its immigration and mobility consequences for individuals entering the US, read here.  For our analysis of the impact of the EO on global and US multinational employers, read here.

 

As you know, on Friday, January 27, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order (EO) suspending entry into the United States of aliens from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. The suspension will be in place for 90 days and applies to both immigrants and non-immigrants. Our colleagues in the US recently authored an article that examines the EO and its consequences. The article may be accessed here.

 

invite picture newJoin us on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 for a live seminar at our Toronto office. In our seminar, Navigating the Compliance Minefield – Part 2: Engaging Foreign Staff, Stephanie MacIntosh and Carl Dholandas will discuss immigration compliance obligations for employers and provide guidance on how to make sure your business is inspection ready and transitioning from reactive to proactive practices. This seminar is part of our HR Hacks for a Less Complicated Workplace Seminar Series.

For the event details and to register, please click here.

gmu logo cropSchool’s Back in Session! Enroll in our Global Mobility University on Thursday, November 3, 2016 to participate in a full-day, interactive learning program designed to provide international HR, immigration, employment and tax professionals with an introduction to the legal and tax considerations surrounding employee mobility. All participants will be provided with course material, including checklists and takeaways, and will enjoy a networking reception with colleagues from peer companies after the program. The Global Mobility University will have a limited enrollment to ensure an ideal environment for an interactive learning experience. Continue Reading Upcoming Conference – Global Mobility University

The federal government recently implemented a more stringent compliance regime which directly affects employers using a work permit stream to hire foreign talent in Canada. New compliance and enforcement regulations are here to stay, including the most recent introduction of Administrative Monetary Penalties (AMPs) which took effect on December 1, 2015.

Continue Reading 4 Month Check-Up: Is Your Business Ready for an Immigration Inspection?