Monday, October 12, 2015
Allied International, a SIRVA
company, won the 2015 International Moving Company of the Year Award for quality and service excellence across the globe from the Forum for Expatriate Management (FEM).
Allied International was able to demonstrate the strength of processes in place to track and monitor an entire move, their high-touch client communication process and their ability to respond to exceptional requests.
Tuesday, September 08, 2015
We are delighted to announce that SIRVA have been shortlisted for three categories at The Expatriate Management and Mobility Awards (EMMAs).
- Best Vendor Partnership - Relocation Management Companies
- Most Innovative Use of Technology in Global Mobility
- Relocation Management Company of the Year
Wednesday, September 02, 2015
The current truck driver shortage has had a multitude of effects, including directly impacting relocation budgets as the costs for moving services continue to rise substantially. Other impacts include less van line capacity, poor customer service and even increased liability risks. As In addition, the limited van line capacity could result in extended relocation times, leading to declining employee satisfaction.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
**The CFPB has delayed the effective date of below TRID changes until October 3rd. The delay will allow lenders, title companies, attorneys, realtors and other vendors additional time to implement and be prepared to follow the TRID rules.
SIRVA will be ready for the new changes on October 3rd. We are using the additional time to validate and test our software. There will also be a transferee-facing info-graphic that will be geared to and made available to transferees.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Over the last several years we’ve witnessed significant natural disasters and political turmoil. Whether it was Hurricane Sandy leaving significant damage across the Eastern seaboard, the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima nuclear meltdown in Japan, and numerous political uprisings throughout the Middle East, these events have changed the course of mobility programs across the globe. There is no doubt that these events can be unpredictable and relentless, and this volatility requires quick thinking and action when you have your most precious assets-- your people—living and working in an impacted area. The basics of how to plan and react to natural disasters have not changed since Managing Your Relocation Program through Natural Disasters was first written in 2012. These same guidelines still apply.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
When relocating an employee, not all companies offer home sale benefits for any variety of reasons. For those employees selling their home on their own here are some helpful tips to help make the home sale process easier.
Thursday, July 09, 2015
Whilst Australian employers overwhelmingly prefer to employ local workers (as it is cheaper and faster), skilled migration continues to play a vital role in Australia’s economic policy. The Temporary Work (Skilled) Subclass 457 visa, Australia’s most commonly used work visa, allows skilled overseas workers to come to Australia to work for a sponsoring employer for up to four years. This visa program is uncapped and driven by employer demand to address skills shortages.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Immigration and compliance is often overlooked; this could be due to an absence of immigration knowledge, confusion over country specific immigration laws, or the lack of reporting tools available. If handled incorrectly this can result in loss of contracts; damage to the company reputation, repatriation for deported assignees, heavy fines and in some cases imprisonment.
The following ten tips will help you save money while ensuring compliance.
Monday, June 22, 2015
Ramadan (the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar) will commence on June 18 and run through July 16, 2015. During Ramadan, customs authorities in many Muslim countries will work shorter hours and productivity will be impacted. This could cause some delays for your relocating employees.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Summer is in full swing and most college students have either graduated or are on summer break. For many companies, this means the beginning of a summer internship program. To support summer interns, some companies cover the intern’s travel expenses to and from the summer job location and/or housing expenses for the duration of the internship. Summer internship programs do not meet requirements to be classified as job interview, business or relocation expenses. Therefore, these reimbursements should be treated as income and reported on the intern’s W-2. Most companies provide tax gross-up to cover the intern’s tax liability.