INTERNATIONAL HR CHALLENGE – OPENING OFFICES IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES – PART II


Our April Program

You are personally invited to the April 2012 meeting of the Houston International HR Roundtable.  Please register here.

This month is an exceptional program.  In today’s global economy companies are expanding internationally. This often takes the form of opening new offices. Do you know what to do if your company makes a decision that a new office will be opened – perhaps Europe, South America, or Asia, or in a developing country elsewhere in the world.

The purpose of this presentation is to provide an overview for opening foreign offices, including a discussion of business ethics, workforce planning, visas, housing, transportation, security, etc. Additionally, first-person accounts of opening offices in N. America, S. America, Africa, Asia, and the Indian Subcontinent will be described. Finally, the group will review research completed by SHRM outlining the requisite global competencies for success in International HR.  This program is for all international HR and global mobility professionals.  Service providers are also welcome and we look forward to your contributions.

This will be a highly interactive, engaging session with heavy emphasis on actual experiences when opening offices in a variety of countries.

Our presenter:

Antonio P. Sevilla, GPHR, HR Manager for International & Deepwater Exploration & Operations for Anadarko Petroleum. Antonio has over 20 years of experience working for multinational oil and gas and software companies in both managerial and staff positions in U.S. and international locations. Holding his MBA, Antonio has been recognized for his work in community outreach, in worklife balance and his global HR expertise.  He is also a wonderful and engaging presenter.

We look forward to seeing you!  Please register here.  Thank you!

Larry Scott

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Want to throw a $Million down the drain?

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That is correct!!! One million dollars can be the cost of a failed global assignment, so come to the March 27 meeting and learn how to minimize the risk of assignment failure by supporting the employee and their family.

Best practices for expatriate support both prior to and during an overseas posting will be showcased by Evgenia Rozenfeld , Manager of Shell’s Expatriate Settlement Group in Texas, based at Shell Outpost Houston. Outpost, a professional global support network run by and for all Shell employees and their families offers unique support to help employees, their partners and families with the challenges of global mobility. Evgenia and her team are providing a wide range of services to over 650 expatriates and their families and she will explain how expatriate recruitment, retention, and productivity can all be improved by supporting not just the relocating employee but also the accompanying family.

Relocating a dual career couple presents unique challenges. Loss of spousal income and career concerns are the #1 reason for assignment rejection and 30% of early returns are due to spouse career issues. It pays to get it right! Strategies for supporting the accompanying spouse/partner who wishes to continue their career in the new location will be presented by Jackie Verity, Career Coach and owner of Kaleidoscope Careers. Jackie will offer insights into both the emotional and practical issues facing the dual career couple and how obstacles can be overcome, ensuring a fulfilling overseas experience for both employee and spouse/partner.

Our Presenters:

Evgenia Rozenfeld came to Houston Outpost after having worked internationally with PricewaterhouseCoopers and several major Russian companies in Moscow, Russia. She is certified both as PHR and GPHR and has an MS in Economics & Industrial Management from Moscow National University of Science and Technology.

Jackie Verity has worked in career coaching since 2003. She works with a diverse range of clients in transition but specializes in career advice and employment assistance for the relocating spouse/partner. Prior to working as a coach, Jackie’s career was in Human Resources and she has lived and worked in the UK, US, France, Germany and Belgium. She has a BA in French and German from Oxford University and an MBA, specializing in International Human Resources.

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International HR Quick Hits, Challenges, and Solutions!


We are in for an exceptional International HR Roundtable on February 27, so please come!

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As I describe him, the “Best Darn International Employment Lawyer in the World,” Jordan W. Cowman of Greenberg Traurig, will be here to walk us through some of the more difficult parts of international HR.

Jordan has promised us that this presentation will be the “most fun and informative” presentation he has ever made…ever…and that’s going to be a very tall order!

For our February 27 session, Jordan will be going over, in rapid succession, a number of the most pressing international HR topics. He calls this his “International HR Quick Hits.”

Jordan will quickly cover the highlights of international non-competes, international diversity initiatives, cross-border releases, choice of law clauses, best practices in terminating employees outside the USA, Codes of Conduct, Trans-national employment policies, and multi-national reductions in force.

Can he really do this in 1 hour? My money is on Jordan!!!

I have promised Jordan a record-breaking attendance for this month’s meeting, so please back me up!!

Jordan also tells me that he will have a very cool laminated handout that each of us will want to keep on our desk…and you must be present to get it.

We may even have door prizes!!!  Did I say “cool laminated handout?”

I hope to see you soon.

Larry Scott

Our Presenter:

Jordan W. Cowman focuses his law practice on transnational projects and transactions, international agreements, public international law and policy, and corporate compliance. He has a broad range of international experience representing and advising governments and international agencies on policy issues, as well as multinationals in industries including: logistics, technology, transportation, energy, defense, manufacturing, retail, banking, food, aviation, chemical, hospitality, insurance, manufacturing and private equity.
Areas of Concentration
• Global
• Cross-Border Transactions
• Corporate Compliance
• Labor & Employment
• Privacy and Data Security
• International Regulatory
• Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)

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Directions and Parking Information: Heritage Plaza is across from the downtown Doubletree Hotel. Parking is available at the Doubletree hotel or Heritage Clay Street Parking Garage, 200 Clay, Houston 77002.You can park at the Doubletree hotel and walk across the street to the building – proceed to the 45th floor. Alternatively, park in the Heritage Clay Street Parking Garage – address of the garage is 200 Clay Street, Houston, TX 77002. If you park in the Clay Street Garage, park in any space that is not marked “Reserved.” Take the elevator in the Clay Street Garage to the Basement (‘B’). Upon reaching Basement level, turn left and follow the hallway until you reach the wall with the large ‘H’ on it. Turn left and immediately on the right you will see two elevators. Take the elevator to the Sky Lobby (‘SL’). Once you reach the Sky Lobby, turn right and proceed to the middle bank of elevators. Proceed to the 45th floor to the Deloitte reception area – this is the floor where the meeting will take place.


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Managing Your International HR Career – 2012


Our November Program


MANAGING YOUR INTERNATIONAL HR CAREER – WHERE ARE YOU GOING?

You are invited to the November meeting of the Houston International HR Roundtable.  Please register at our Eventbrite page.

Our program is a special panel presentation on “Managing Your International HR Career.” This is about YOU – Do you know where you are going? Do you have a plan? During the program we will discuss:

1. Strategies for career success

2. How to effectively handle management

3. Showing HR’s value

4. Setting career goals

Our program will feature an exceptional panel of company management, senior international HR professionals, recruiters, and perhaps a surprise guest. We will also be featuring YOU as each of you is managing your own international HR career.

We look forward to seeing you!

Larry Scott

Note: That because of the holidays, our November and December meetings will held the third week of the month and we will not have a meeting in October.

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Directions and Parking Information: Heritage Plaza is across from the downtown Doubletree Hotel. Parking is available at the Doubletree hotel or Heritage Clay Street Parking Garage, 200 Clay, Houston 77002.You can park at the Doubletree hotel and walk across the street to the building – proceed to the 45th floor. Alternatively, park in the Heritage Clay Street Parking Garage – address of the garage is 200 Clay Street, Houston, TX 77002. If you park in the Clay Street Garage, park in any space that is not marked “Reserved.” Take the elevator in the Clay Street Garage to the Basement (‘B’). Upon reaching Basement level, turn left and follow the hallway until you reach the wall with the large ‘H’ on it. Turn left and immediately on the right you will see two elevators. Take the elevator to the Sky Lobby (‘SL’). Once you reach the Sky Lobby, turn right and proceed to the middle bank of elevators. Proceed to the 45th floor to the Deloitte reception area – this is the floor where the meeting will take place.


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Corporate Immigration Practices: What’s Best and What’s Next!

Corporate Immigration Practices: What’s Best and What’s Next!

You are personally invited to the September 2012 education program of the Houston International HR Roundtable. We have an exceptional program on business immigration practices and we will learn “What’s Best and What’s Next.” Our presenter will be Kenneth Harder, partner in charge of immigration and nationality services at Dunbar Harder, PLLC.

Companies seeking to access international talent to perform job duties in the United States are confronted with more restrictive interpretations of existing laws and regulations by immigration authorities. At the same time, the focus of immigration enforcement policy has shifted from individual aliens to employers. There currently is a profusion of resources with information about the U.S. business immigration process, yet there often seems to be more questions than answers.

This presentation will review best practices related to bringing foreign workers to the U.S., evaluate whether and when to pursue the resident alien process for foreign workers and current trends in compliance programs. The program will evaluate the impact of new Department of State regulations permitting five year L visas and the practical implications of CBP’s plans to eliminate the Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record.

Our September program is not to be missed! Please share this invitation with your international HR and relocation colleagues.

Kenneth J. Harder is the partner in charge of immigration and nationality services at Dunbar Harder, PLLC. Mr. Harder graduated from SUNY at Buffalo, BA, cum laude (1981). He received a J.D. degree in 1985 and a LL.M. degree (International Economic Law) in 1995, both from the University of Houston Law Center. He is certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Immigration and Nationality Law and serves on the advisory committee to the Board. Mr. Harder is the Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association Customs and Border Protection Liaison Committee. He is past chair of both the State Bar of Texas International Law Section and the Houston Bar Association International Law Section. He has served as Vice President of the Houston Lawyer Referral Service. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Houston World Affairs Council and currently serves as a Director of the British American Business Council of Houston.  Mr. Harder has contributed numerous articles on immigration and nationality law to legal journals, conferences and business publications, including the chapter on immigration law in Doing Business in Texas: A Guide for Foreign Investors. For more information, please see www.dunbarharder.com

We look forward to seeing you!  Please register at http://bestimmigration2012.eventbrite.com/.
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The International Learning Challenge!

GLOBAL LEARNINGEVENT REGISTRATION

 

 

 

 

You are personally invited to the May 2012 education program of the Houston International HR Roundtable.

 

 

The International Learning Challenge:

  • Language / Translation
  • Cultural Norms and Customs
  • Learning Style / Preferences / Student and Teacher Role
  • Facilities, Equipment, and Connectivity

We will learn what works – and lessons learned when training doesn’t work!

We have one of the leading experts on global learning, Jim Molloy of ODL (A Wood Group Company).

Bio:
Jim Molloy has executive-level international experience working with leaders in nine countries implementing competency-based assessment, performance management, change mangagement and learning solutions. Jim is currently the Practice Lead for ODL’s Training & Competence solutions building learning and competence solutions for Oil and Gas Operators around the globe.  ODL is a Wood Group Company with offices in Houston TX, Aberdeen Scotland, and Perth Australia.
This is a program not to be missed!  Please share this invitation with your international HR and relocation colleagues.

We look forward to seeing you!

Please contact us with any questions.

Thanks!

Larry Scott

Houston International HR Roundtable


SAVE THE DATE:  Our June program will be June 27 and we will have a program by Deloitte on expatriate tax issues.

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Celebrity Apprentice International HR Edition (How Not to Get Fired)!

The International HR Special Edition of Celebrity Apprentice premieres on February 22 and you are the celebrities!  Do you know the challenges and mistakes that can get you eliminated from the competition? Our host will be international lawyer Jordan Cowman!

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You will learn the pitfalls to avoid when dealing with “termination issues” including:

  • Stealth Expats
  • Managing Expat Expectaions
  • The “Psycho” Expat
  • The “Stealth” Expat
  • Reference Letters
  • Employee Titles
  • Tax issues (Do I really need to know anything about tax???)

Please bring yourself and a friend and get ready for a fun, lively and informative presentation of the the most pressing international HR issues. Don’t miss this important and timely presentation!

Our Presenter: 

Jordan W. Cowman focuses his law practice on transnational projects and transactions, labor and employment, international agreements, public international law and policy, and corporate compliance. He has a broad range of international experience representing and advising governments and international agencies on policy issues, as well as multinationals in industries including: logistics, technology, transportation, energy, defense, manufacturing, retail, banking, food, aviation, chemical, hospitality, insurance, manufacturing and private equity.

Mr. Cowman received his B.A. and J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Following law school, he was a law clerk for the Honorable Joe J. Fisher, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. He is a member of the state bars of New York, Washington, D.C. and Texas. Mr. Cowman is a member of the American Bar Association, and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of International Trade; the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Western, Eastern and Southern Districts of Texas; the U.S. District Courts of the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas; as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.

Mr. Cowman is a director of the Texas Business Hall of Fame, the Dallas Assembly, the Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations and a member of the U.S. Council for International Business’ International Labor and Employment Law Committee. He was an employer advisor to the United Nations’ International Labor Organization in 2002, 2003 and 2004. He is past chairman of the Texas Lyceum Association.

Recognized by Chambers as a leading practitioner, Mr. Cowman was named in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010 surveys of his peers as a Texas “Super Lawyer” in labor and international law; in D Magazine as one of the “Best Lawyers Under 40” (May 2002); and in Texas Lawyer as one of the “Top 40 Lawyers Under 40” (September 2001).

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FCPA: The Local Compliance Advocate – HR’s Role


2012 Membership is available at http://2012hinthr.eventbrite.com.

You are invited to the January 2012 education program of the Houston International HR Roundtable. Our speakers will be Tom Fox, Principal with tomfoxlaw.com and Advanced Compliance Solutions, and Marcel De Chermont, Compliance Manager with Aceteon Group Ltd. Tom and Marcel will present “The Local Compliance Advocate: FCPA’s New Best Practice.”

HINTHR LOGOThe Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is a daunting challenge for US companies. A recent study found that almost half of the $4 billion in penalties under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) were levied against companies in the energy sector. Many of those companies are familiar names in Houston.

HR is a key component of a FCPA compliance solution. HR’s role can include the onboarding process, training, employee evaluation, succession planning, hotlines and investigations, background screening, and assisting with government investigations.

A new best practice has evolved in FCPA compliance and HR plays a major role. A “local compliance advocate” is the concept of embedding compliance in the local business unit. The advocate receives specialized training and becomes the local point person for the company’s compliance program.

Our presentation will outline how this concept came about as a best practice. Tom and Marcel will also speak on the practical issues involved in this process and how HR is involved.

Learn about this new best practice, the FCPA and more at our January educational program.
Presenters:

Tom Fox is Principal with tomfoxlaw.com and Advanced Compliance Solutions. Tom is also a Featured Columnist at Corporate Compliance Insights.

Marcel De Chermont is the Compliance Manager with Aceteon Group Ltd. Marcel is responsible for overseeing his company’s global compliance program.

Don’t miss this important and timely presentation!

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Managing Your International HR Career

Author: Greg Shrewsbury

Greg Shrewsbury

Greg Shrewsbury

I personally enjoyed the level of interaction at this month’s roundtable that focused on international HR career management.  Having a group of peers come together to share thoughts and experiences is definitely an invaluable opportunity!

My takeaways from this session reinforced my own views relating to personal international HR career management.  During our discussions, the following components to achieve success in this endeavor materialized as follows:

  1. In order to develop a complete “international career portfolio,” it is critical that HR professionals experience expatriate assignments for themselves.
  2. Like with all good things in life, goal setting must be a priority.  This is particularly true with successful career pathing and management.
  3. Mentors and role models are valuable as we create and establish our personal brands in the global market.  We all need coaches to help champion our careers!
  4. “Cross-cultural” awareness and sensitivity are important as we engage the global workplace.  In order to achieve this, we must become flexible in our dispositions, understandings and relationships.

These items give us real and tangible objectives to consider as we manage our careers!

Finally, as a newbie to Houston, I appreciate the hospitality given to me by the International HR Community!  Thank you for sharing your insights!  I wish everyone a great Holiday Season.

[Editors Note:  We are happy to welcome Greg Shrewsbury to Houston and as a Guest Author.  Greg was part of our panel this month on Managing Your International HR Career and is the Senior Director of Human Resources for Global Engineering, Procurement, and Construction hub for Aker Solutions.  He is responsible for talent acquisition that supports domestic and international EPC projects and core businesses (key leadership, engineering, procurement, project controls, commissioning, and HSE).  Greg has 18 years of human resources experience that includes Fortune 500 experience with The Clorox Company.  His tenure with Clorox included HR leadership in two of the Company’s principle subsidiaries—Kingsford Manufacturing and Glad Manufacturing.  He served as Division HR Manager for Glad, Clorox’s largest subsidiary.  Greg has an MBA from West Virginia Wesleyan College and a BS-Business Administration from Bluefield College.  Greg is also a member of our Advisory Committee.]

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“Gung Ho” HR Departments at Foreign-Owned Companies in the US!

Many of you have seen the Ron Howard film “Gung Ho.”  While the film is a comedy,  cultural differences and management style can create real challenges for human resource departments.  Throughout the film, there are numerous examples of how Japanese culture contrasts with US culture.  How do the cultural values of individualism and collectivism affect the role of HR?  Employee motivation and incentives often vary by culture.  How does a foreign company adapt to US cultural differences?  What is HR’s role in bridging these gaps?  Learn the answers to these questions and more at our November educational program.

Houston is a world-class international city.  According to the Greater Houston Partnership, Houston is home to almost 800 foreign-owned firms.  Business costs in Houston are also significantly lower than many other major cities around the world.

Presenter:

Athan Katsilometes is currently a Regional Human Resources Director with CEMEX – a multinational corporation that focuses on production, marketing, distribution, and sale of cement, ready-mix concrete, aggregates, and other construction materials.  CEMEX has operations in North America, Europe, South America, Central America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, Australia, and Asia.  Mr. Katsilometes has 15 years of experience in HR and Management Consulting and has worked internationally for companies such as McKinsey and Company and Nucor Steel.

Mr. Katsilometes holds a Bachelor degree in Spanish and Business Administration from the University of Idaho and a Master of Business Administration from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, California.  In addition, he is also certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR) through the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).  Mr. Katsilometes has lived and worked throughout the United States, Ecuador, Spain, Mexico and Colombia and speaks English and Spanish fluently.

Don’t miss this important and timely presentation!

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