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  • New Social Security Rules for Expatriates in China

    By Renata Inokomis · November 30 2011 · Global Mobility Management

    Expats working in China will be included in the country’s social security system as a new regulation took effect on October 15, 2011. The Chinese government in June 2011 approved the law, but there was uncertainty as to whether participation would be mandatory or optional. Measures published in September 2011 confirmed taking part would be…

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  • To Rent or Purchase – That is the Question!

    By Valerie Dean · November 28 2011 · Domestic Relocation

    When relocating to a new, quite often unfamiliar location, is it best to purchase a new home? Or, should the employee be encouraged to rent? Should new home closing costs be reimbursed, or is it possible to offer an allowance to either rent or purchase? In many cases, the total cost for a security deposit, first…

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  • Ways to Make Moving Easier on Your Kids

    By Michael Alexander · November 22 2011 · Domestic Relocation

    If you’ve moved before, you know that it can be an extremely challenging task; and that’s especially true for the parents of small children.  You don’t have to be a parent for long to figure out that even slight changes to their normal routines can affect them significantly.  Long distance moves almost always bring a…

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  • The Art of Listening

    By Barbara Casiere · November 21 2011 · Domestic Relocation

    I have often wondered if listening has become a lost art in the wake of technological communication. Has social media circumvented the art of listening? How does not using our ears affect our daily face-to-face interactions? Or does it? I can’t help thinking that the less we use our ears, the greater the chance that…

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  • The Rise of the Boutique Provider

    By Diane Fitz-Gibbon · November 2 2011 · Global Mobility Management

    As the global economy emerges slowly from the worst recession in living memory, more and more corporations are looking to a variety of options as they seek to select a vendor/partner to support their global mobility needs.  Their goals?  Establish long lasting, cost effective relationships with their service providers whilst getting true value for their…

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