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Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking Attempts World Record for Book Signing

Ryan Avery will sign new book at his alma mater, Colorado State University, to raise money for college scholarships. http://mediacenter.toastmasters.org/rss-feeds Read more →

Salespeople, Coaching and Gamification

We have completed three related research pieces over the last year and a half, focusing on sustaining the impact of the sizable investment that corporations make in sales training. Whether you call it sustainment, coaching or mentoring, the bottom line is that the best companies have a strategic plan to ensure that learned behaviors continue beyond the initial training event. It is interesting to ... Read more →

HR Pros: “E-Verify Needs to Authenticate Identity Accurately”

HR Pros: “E-Verify Needs to Authenticate Identity Accurately”                            March 26, 2014   An overwhelming 95 percent of HR professionals cite authenticating the identity of new hires as a key, needed improvement to the current E-Verify system, showing that workplace identity theft remains a clear concern for employers.   That’s because while E-Verify can tell HR professionals that ... Read more →

HR & Legal Experts Say: H-1B Caps' Unintended Consequences

Here We Go Again… Arbitrary H-1B Caps Shut Out U.S.-Educated & Employer-Trained Foreign-born Talent April 1, 2014 You may know that today marks the beginning of FY2015 H-1B cap filing season and that the caps are expected to be hit in a week’s time. But what you may not know is that one of the consequences of our broken immigration system is how it shuts out some of the most talented professi... Read more →

HR & Legal Experts Say: H-1B Cap Hit! — Green Card Backlogs Add to the Problem

H-1B Cap Hit! – Green Card Backlogs Add to the Problem April 8, 2014 No one is surprised that the H-1B visa cap for FY2015 was reached yesterday, merely five days after the start of filing season. Once again, U.S. employers and the entire U.S. economy are taking a hit, as high-skilled immigrants who contribute to economic growth are shut out by an immigration system that needs reform. Of cou... Read more →

Question of the Week: Immigration Books and Resources

We would like to thank the 28 members who responded to this week’s Question of the Week, which asked about the immigration books and resources that Council members use and would recommend to in-house immigration professionals and foreign nationals.  The results varied and included books and online resources.   Please see below for the full results. Full text available to Council members only. Cont... Read more →

“Corporate scramble over shortage of ‘high tech’ visas could spark reform debate”

The Washington Times, 04/07/2014 – “It took less than a week for businessesto apply for all 85,000 specialty visas under the government’s H-1B program, which is generally used to bring high-tech workers into the country, and the quick pace could be the spark that reignites the immigration debate in Congress this year. “U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said this year’s application period, ... Read more →

Question of the Week: Most Council Members Use the EB-1 Category

We would like to thank the 57 members who responded to this week’s Question of the Week, which asked “Does your organization have employees in the EB-1Extraordinary Ability or Outstanding Professors and Researchers categories?”  The results showed that almost 88% of respondents do have employees in these EB-1 categories.  This is an increase over the same time last year, when only 79% of responden... Read more →

USCIS to Accept H-1B Petitions for Fiscal Year 2015 Beginning April 1, 2014

Premium Processing for Cap-Subject Petitions to Begin by April 28, 2014  Read more →

USCIS Reaches FY 2015 H-1B Cap

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USCIS Changes International District Names

Effective April 10, 2014, all USCIS offices will begin using new district names in all references to the international districts. The new names are as follows:  Read more →

USCIS Reaches FY 2015 H-1B Cap

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Compassion in the Workplace

Compassion training yields an early return-on-investment. Click here to read full version. Read more →

Artificial Versus Authentic Leadership

Assess whether your leadership style is tainting your effectiveness. Click here to read full version. Read more →

Word Wiz: Mal-employment

Mal-employment is nearly synonymous with underemployment, which simply means working below one’s level of ability. Click here to read full version. Read more →

Adapting to a Workforce Without Borders

To remain relevant, the HR and learning functions need to rethink their strategies for the new global landscape Click here to read full version. Read more →

Putting the FOCUS on Coaching

Sandy Spring Bank sought to boost engagement companywide and knew that managers would need to play a starring role. Click here to read full version. Read more →

Mind the Soft Skills Gap

A recent survey sizes up the American workforce’s skills gaps. Click here to read full version. Read more →

Gamification At The Curriculum Level

Are your gamification efforts focused solely at the course level? You may be missing opportunities to guide and engage learners. Remember your first days of college – the phone book-sized stack of orientation materials, the maze of dorm rooms and classrooms, and those cryptic graduation requirements you had no hope of understanding? Credits, classes, minors, majors, electives – to me it was a mass... Read more →

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