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Pandemic-related restrictions on global mobility have also made global and local businesses realize how dependent they are on foreign talent and highly mobile talent, often providing services in multiple jurisdictions. While most COVID-19 travel restrictions are a thing of the past, immigration entry restrictions are here to stay. These restrictions and risks are more present than ever, and an informed in-house lawyer or senior manager must stay on top of the trends.
These trends may include increased government enforcement as well as a certain nonchalance from global workers who are eager to travel after a long COVID-19 hiatus or who have become strong supporters of working from anywhere. Add to that a global frenzy of M&A activity in recent years, where corporate changes are having a serious impact on the immigration status of workers and the immigration compliance of companies on the side of the buyer and the seller.
This webinar will cover in detail the topics listed below:
- Understand the risks and the employer’s duty of care to employees traveling overseas to Canada and the United States;
- Ask yourself the right questions: analysis of what a business trip really entails;
- Popular exceptions and exemptions: carrying out work activities legally without a work permit;
- The art of saying no: when you need to inform your staff that the trip is not intended for a business visit and take steps to obtain a work permit;
- Work-cation in Canada or the United States: is telecommuting in Canada or the United States allowed for a foreign entity, and where to draw the line with your global population of mobile workers;
- Programs commonly used to obtain work permits for Canada and the United States;
Attention buyer: Immigration due diligence is an integral part of mergers and acquisitions and other corporate changes: the impact of a merger and acquisition on the right to work of foreign workers.
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