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Legislative Update – July 2014

August recess is almost here and with no legislative reform to date, is any relief in sight? The Legislative Reality Surrounding Immigration Reform On June 2, the Council for Global Immigration hosted its annual advocacy day on Capitol Hill with great turn out and participation from Council and SHRM members alike.  Thank you! During our Advocacy Day, I conveyed the message to a room full of advoca... Read more →

Council for Global Immigration and SHRM Letter to Congress in Support of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (H.R. 803)

On July 7, the Council for Global Immigration and SHRM sent a letter to members of the House of Representatives signed by Lynn Shotwell, the Council’s Executive Director, and Mike Aitken, SHRM’s Vice President of Government Affairs.  This letter expressed the support of both organizations for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) (H.R. 803). Please click through to view the letter. F... Read more →

Council for Global Immigration quoted in article – “Tech companies tap visa program to meet workforce needs, despite challenges, controversy”

The Baltimore Sun, 07/26/2014 – “Merkle Inc. builds more than 1,000 complex computer models each year for marketing clients who want to know more about their customers’ behaviors and preferences, and that requires skilled manpower the company’s recruiters struggle to find. “…Merkle is among…companies and institutions…that rely on a controversial visa program to bring skilled work... Read more →

Webinar Recording and Slides – "European Union Labor Immigration Policies" (July 23, 2014)

The European Union (EU) recently approved a directive on Intra-Company Transferees (ICTs) designed to standardize the laws governing the entrance of non-EU ICTs into the participating Member States. This directive follows other EU initiatives to facilitate employment-based immigration. The webinar covered EU labor immigration policies that impact employers.   For the webinar recording and slides, ... Read more →

Toastmasters’ Immediate Past International President Honored with Federal Award

The King of Malaysia Confers John Lau a Federal Datuk. http://mediacenter.toastmasters.org/rss-feeds Read more →

“America’s Crazy, Upside-Down Immigration System”

POLITICO, 07/20/2014 – “Does America’s immigration system make sense to anyone? “The recent influx of thousands of migrant children from Central America has highlighted the failure of reform efforts and gripped the nation’s attention. This is a humanitarian crisis that must be resolved. But forgotten in the emotional debates over immigration are the more than one million legal, skilled immig... Read more →

“Glitch crashes global US passport, visa operations”

The Washington Post, 07/23/2014 – “The State Department’s global database for issuing travel documents has crashed, resulting in major delays for potentially millions of people around the world waiting for U.S. passports and visas, officials said Wednesday. “Unspecified glitches…have resulted in ‘significant performance issues, including outages’ in the processing of applications for passports, vi... Read more →

Question of the Week: What levels in your organization qualify for green card sponsorship?

We would like to thank the 50 members who responded to this week’s Question of the Week, which asked “What minimum job level does your organization require before green card sponsorship will be considered?”  The results showed:   46% of respondents require their employees to be at the “Professional” level 28% of respondents do not have specific requirements for their employees 14% of respondents h... Read more →

Acetaminophen may do little for acute back pain

When back pain strikes, all you want is relief—as quickly as possible. Many folks turn to over-the-counter pain relievers to help take the edge off and keep them moving. Acetaminophen and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs (ibuprofen, naproxen, aspirin), are common and reasonable choices. Harvard.edu Feed Read more →

Intercultural Negotiations: When Negotiators Try Too Hard

Though intercultural negotiating schemas can be useful, negotiators often give too much weight to them, according to an article in the May issue of the journal Negotiation and Conflict Management Research, “Starting Out on the Right Foot: Negotiation Schemas When Cultures Collide,” by professors Wendi L. Adair of the University of Waterloo, Canada; Masako S. Taylor. Harvard.edu Feed Read more →

In the news: WBUR talks with Broad scientists on “Brain Matters”

Series tackles issues and trends in psychiatric research. Harvard.edu Feed Read more →

Broad Paper Vids: Study of both common and rare variation yields insight into cardiac arrhythmia

Two papers explore genetic risk factors for cardiac arrhythmia. Harvard.edu Feed Read more →

Peter Vandewarker on Public Art Panel

Etty Padmodipoetro (LF ’06) made a strong case for the benefits of art infusing life in her recent post for Loeb Lab, “The Artful Life.” Now Peter Vanderwarker (LF ’97) joins other prominent panelists to discuss the role of public … read more. Harvard.edu Feed Read more →

Two for One

HIV inhibitor may also block herpes virus infection. Harvard.edu Feed Read more →

Why do Americans have worse health than do people in other high-income countries?

2014 study from Harvard and LSE that suggests the conventional explanations for Americans’ relative poorer health are not sufficient and social policy needs to be examined more thoroughly. The post Why do Americans have worse health than do people in other high-income countries? appeared first on Journalist’s Resource.. Harvard.edu Feed Read more →

A New Look at Stomach Cancer

Study defines four biological subtypes that could guide clinical trials. Harvard.edu Feed Read more →

Berkman Buzz: July 25, 2014

The Berkman Buzz is selected weekly from the posts of Berkman Center people and projects.To subscribe, click here. Rey Junco explains why more kids—and girls especially—should play Minecraft Parents are constantly being warned about the dangers of too much screen time. Harvard.edu Feed Read more →

Education Nation Presentation Available for Viewing

Philip A. Fisher, Ph.D. Harvard.edu Feed Read more →

“A CEO’s argument for immigration reform”

Dallas News, 07/14/2014 – “Americans are hungry for immigration reform. Four-fifths of voters want Congress to act this year, according to a poll released…by the Partnership for a New American Economy, the Business Roundtable and the National Association of Manufacturers. “Yet Congress has stated that it has little interest in reforming our immigration system this year. Read more →

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