Concurrent Session
Sailing Through a Storm: Developing a Global Mobility & Immigration Emergency Playbook
Tuesday 11/17/2020 02:30 PM - 03:25 PM   Add to calendar
Competencies: Business Acumen, HR Technical Expertise, Leadership & Navigation
Workplace Application:
Familiarize yourself with emergency scenarios and developing preparedness helps ensure positive outcomes when hardships arise.  

Global businesses have faced unprecedented challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. This session replays the coronavirus crisis from its beginning, focusing on key developments and their impact on global mobility and corporate immigration strategy. The presenters will guide you through global mobility and immigration challenges precipitated by the evolving coronavirus pandemic. You’ll have the opportunity to choose a solution based on your current knowledge and experience. A team of seasoned lawyers and global mobility professionals will explain the repercussions and benefits, present alternative options, and outline critical knowledge, skills, and problem-solving strategies. Drawing lessons from what went right and what went wrong, you will cultivate emergency problem-solving skills and learn how to navigate the road to recovery. 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Develop a “duty of care” strategy to assist expatriates, business travelers and employees in times of crisis, whether pandemic, travel bans, weather or otherwise.  

  • Understand what financial and legal considerations need to be made (such as insurance, tax liabilities, personnel reductions/wage cuts) and how to manage costs in times of crisis. 

  • Navigate complex mobility and immigration issues (e.g. withdrawing job offers, furloughs and terminations, unauthorized movements) by incorporating multiple perspectives (legal, bottom line, empathy).   

  • Lead conversations to steer your company towards recovery (e.g. what is the new “normal”, repurposing employees, assessing ROIs on assignments/transfers). 

Charina Palomares Garcia Photo
Charina Palomares Garcia, Managing Partner,
Wolfsdorf Rosenthal LLP
Vivian Zhu Photo
Vivian Zhu, Global Immigration Attorney,
Wolfsdorf Rosenthal LLP
David Nose Photo
David Nose, Global Mobility Manager,
Procore Technologies, Inc.
Megan Murphy Photo
Megan Murphy, Director of Global Mobility,
Relocation Today
Erin McDermit Photo
Erin McDermit, Partner and Employment Law Attorney,