Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Global: The JuNcTion - Economic Challenges .. Welcome 2009 With Hope

The New Edition of The JuNcTion, the periodic Newsletter of JNT Consulting has been published. To read the content of the newsletter please click on the link.

Highlights of the December Edition:
"To be successful in 2009 means doing the extraordinary. It means focusing even harder on your customer, improving the quality of service, being very efficient and ensuring that the peole that are employed in your business have the right skills, knowledge, attitude and capability to enable your company to survive and grow"

We love to hear from you. Send your comments to: info@jntconsulting.com

# # #

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

USA: Giving Thanks of What We Have ...

Our entire Organization at

JNT Consulting LLC

Wishing You, your Family and Friends

a fun-filled Thanksgiving Celebration.

Historically, "In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast which is acknowledged today as one of the 'First Thanksgiving' celebrations in the colonies. This harvest meal has become a symbol of cooperation and interaction between English colonists and Native Americans. Native American groups throughout the Americas, including the Pueblo, Cherokee, Creek and many others organized harvest festivals, ceremonial dances, and other celebrations of thanks for centuries before the arrival of Europeans in North America.

The legacy of thanks, and particularly of the feast, have survived the centuries as people throughout the United States gather family, friends, and enormous amounts of food for their yearly Thanksgiving meal". (Ref: Kathleen Curtin, Food Historian at Plimoth Plantation)

Today, traveling has been an indispensable feature of the Thanksgiving Holiday to many. This is a time to visit family and friends regardless of their location. Whichever location you will be traveling, be safe and enjoy your Thanksgiving Holiday.

# # #

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

USA: Congratulations to President-elect Barack Obama

Our Best Wishes and Congratulations to
President-elect Barack Obama.

His victory has turned the pages of the American History. The new hope for America as a Nation will begin and the height of challenges will commence as President-elect Obama will assume his role as the 44th United States President after his Inauguration on January 20, 2009. Mr. Obama's vision will impact the whole society of America and across the world. His leadership competencies and great personality will be an inspiration across cultures domestically and internationally. World leaders and goverment have welcomed his victory and expressed their intention to collaborate with him and his government to facilitate peace, economic growth and diplomatic relations. On behalf of JNT Consulting LLC, We wish him the best of health and success as our new President-elect and our Agent of Change.

For your comments, please send to: info@jntconsulting.com 

# # #

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Global: HRGuru Partners with JNTC - A Resource for HR Professionals

HR Guru is one of the fast evolving professional network that is focused on the specialized industry - called Human Resources. The Human Resources as a profession has been evolving for many decades. In the current Era, you will learn that HR Professionals are now categorized into many specialized professional disciplines. The days where the so called 'Generalist' will be abating as we evolve into the 21st Century and years to come.

Who is HRGuru?
"We’re not simply an anonymous job board, not an index of HR agencies and contact information, but something new and different: a place where your lifelong career needs come home to roost."

HRGuru is a network of active HR Practitioners in many industries. The source of many shared resources from industry experts and its membership across cultures and industries.

Juntee Terrenal, MA, GMS is featured at HRGuru's as one of their featured Writers. Several of Juntee's Articles has now appeared at the HRGuru's Centers of Expertise. Featured Writers

JNT Consulting LLC is also a featured Partner of HRGuru.

"HRGuru is lucky to host content from some of the most highly acclaimed and seasoned human resource professionals. From authors to bloggers to entrepreneurs, HRGuru aims to deliver expert, applicable fun advice from the best in the business. Check out our featured writers, and visit their sites."

Any professional who is an HR Practitioner can participate in the HRGuru's Network. Click on the link something new and different to browse the HRGuru's website.

We like to hear from you. Please send your email to: info@jntconsulting.com 

# # #

Thursday, October 16, 2008

USA: TN Visas for Nationals of Canada and Mexico

Recently, the USCIS (United States Citizens and Immigration Services) announced the expansion of the Trade NAFTA (TN) Nonimmigrant Visa Program for professional workers from Canada and Mexico.

The annual extension of a TN Visa by a professional worker from Canada and Mexico has been changed to an increment of every 3 years. This expansion of the program will now be the same as the H1B Nonimmigrant Visa professional worker.

What This Means to TN Visa Holders? There are Five Highlights.

First, Any professional worker from either Canada and Mexico can now request for an extension of their TN Visa with an increment of three years instead of the usual annual extension.

Second, Workers must be advised to request for their three years extension when it is time to renew their TN Nonimmigrant Visa.

Third, Workers will now enjoy a once in every three years interruption from their job in regards to renewing their TN Visa.

Fourth, They can fully concentrate on their job function within three consecutive three years without getting bothered with their visa expiration date and renewals, thereby supporting the business goals and objectives of their employer.

Fifth, Increased productivity and Return On Investment.

What this means to an Employer? There are Four Highlights.

First, Each employer that sponsors TN Nonimmigrant Visa for professional worker from Canada or Mexico can experience a longer ease of visa renewals for their workers. This will advocate a better strategic approach, timing and calendaring of the TN Visa compliance which will expire every three years instead of every year.

Second, This facilitates higher retention and productivity of the TN Visa Holders, who are member of the workforce.

Third, This provides two years of savings of the usual Immigration Counsel's Fees and TN Application Fee, in addition to the Return on Investments from hiring the workers.

Fourth, This will advocate a better prospect in hiring professionals from Canada and Mexico to augment the shortage of technical and professional workers in the United States. TN Visas are adequate.

With the current economy and its challenges, Employers must consider hiring through the benefits of TN Visa Program offers. This is a great value add to your organization.

When you need assistance in developing a TN Visa Program for your strategic recruitment of a foreign workforce. Please contact JNT Consulting LLC and we will develop and assist you with the implementation of the program and coach you in its administration.

JNT Consulting has a 100 percent success rate in a TN Visa Program consultation and management.

For questions and concerns about this article, please email to: info@jntconsulting.com 

# # #

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

USA: HR Managers on Child Labor Violations in Iowa

It is sad to learn of the circumstances that took place in one of Iowa’s manufacturing firms. Particularly, when you read the reason why an HR Manager is facing charges. Based on the facts provided by the Society of Human Resources Management on the real circumstances of this case, it suggests none compliance of rules and regulations on the part of the involved HR Managers. Three important things that were truly significant violations were: (1) By allowing an under 18 years of age to work long hours before 7AM and after 7PM plus over time. This is an absolute negligence by the HR Manager by allowing these young adults to work provided they were aware of their real age. (2) Work Safety is one of them notwithstanding with the cause of the raid by the ICE – where (3) they found undocumented immigrants working in the workplace.

SHRM’s HR Week dated Sept 15, 2008 illustrated the article about the above case. I was terribly surprised about it. I cannot believe what happened … nothing I could do about it except continue reading the whole article. A part of the Article is being quoted below;

“The charges filed by the Iowa Attorney General on Sept. 9, 2008, allege that the underage workers handled dangerous equipment, such as circular saws and meat grinders, and that they were exposed to noxious chemicals. According to the attorney general’s affidavit, the company records show instances of children under the age of 16 working before 7 a.m. and after 7 p.m. while school was in session.”

“The records of Agriprocessors Inc. also confirm, as alleged by each of the employee-victims, that each of these employees worked more hours of overtime each week than that for which they were compensated,” the complaint stated.”


Having been an HR Practitioner, one of the items that I always coach managers when they hire is the guidance under the Labor Laws. Orienting them with the regulations on limitations involving the employment of minors during Summer Time and or during Internships is very important. These are basic responsibilities of an HR Professional to enforce the rules under the Law. For any environment where manufacturing exist, Work Safety is number one requirement to be enforced. Employment eligibility is always very important.

Reading through the article, you will realize that there were some facts that were not provided. Making you as the reader to formulate your own hypothetical assumptions on how situations were managed.

The article however, provides a very strong lesson for any Human Resource Professional in the profession. It is time to be strategic, pro-active and learn more about other rules, regulations and laws that may apply in your work environment. If you don’t have time for it – at least hire an experienced HR Consultant who can assist you with the compliance and enforcement of these rules. Act as an HR Business Partner to your colleagues in the operations departments and other business units. Negotiate your value as their HR Business Partner. Your extra efforts will save your company’s investments and avoid costly mistakes like the above.

For any question or inquiry about this article, please contact info@jntconsulting.com

# # #

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Global: International Updates: What's Happening?

Australia: International Trade
Recently, the Australian Business International Trade Services outlined several items to be considered when setting up a business in China.

Ms. Sara Cheng, Manager for Greater China, Australian Business International Trade Services identified that "Business set-up in China is a big project by itself, which requires financial and time commitments, business management knowledge and China expertise. Identifying a competent agent to manage the complex process will be a cost and time effective way to avoid potential pitfalls." Details about the Article is available at this link.

On another article, it illustrated the requirements about registering a company in China.
Ref: NSW Business Center, http://www.nswbusinesschamber.com.au/

Brazil: Experiencing Economic Growth
More and more international companies are opening their operations in the many cities of Brazil. This means that young professionals who would have planned to go abroad and search their international employment opportunities are staying in country.

There were indications as well that Brazilans who were living abroad are now returning to Brazil as there are employment opportunities that require their professional experience and qualifications.

Canada: Relaxed Visas and Opportunities for Permanent Residency
Recently, Diane Finley, Immigration Minister of Canada announced that "International students and skilled workers would be more likely to choose Canada if they knew their time and contribution to Canadian Society would assist in their eligibility to apply to stay permanently".

The Canadian government is in progress of establishing a programme that will facilitate the permanent residency of international skilled workers and students. It is hoped that this programme will come into effect in October.

Requirements for candidacy are: Professional experience, past education, English and or French Speaking Proficiency.

Strategic Observation: This initiative will surely increase human capital assets of Canada and will contribute to economic sustainability of the country.

China: Post Olympic
The logistical operations in Beijing are now returning to normal after the completion of the Olympics that was hosted by Beijing in the past weeks. However, the guidelines that were implemented prior to the Olympics are still in forced up to September 20th 2008.

Any inbound and outbound shipment in Beijing are still in strict and mandatory customs inspections. Deliveries of shipments are using shuttles and shuttle fees apply. These restrictions to operate trucks in the areas identified have caused backlog in Tianjin which most likely increased demurrage fees. It was initially announced that everything will resume normal after September 20th 2008.

Strategic Observations: If you have shipments that are anticipated to arrive or being delivered sooner than September 20th - don't panic as they will reach your destination a little longer that the normal calendar days. Most likely it will get delivered after Sept 20th or so.

Georgia: Cargo Delays and Travels
As an effect of the recent attacks in Georgia, there is a big disruption of cargo shipments deliveries. The international airport in Tbilisi has been temporarily avoided by international airlines. Officials are hopeful that it will only last for a week.

Jebel Ali, UAE - Delays Caused by Traffic
The Post in Jebel Ali in UAE is currently experiencing great delays of loading and offloading cargos due near full capacity operation. The delays affected ships from Asia and Europe that were meant to offload in Dubai Port. This port is the gateway access to the internal routes of the country such as air and sea transportation network.

Larger ships that can carry 8,000 containers at a time has to wait 24 to 30 hours in the queue in order to offload. Smaller ships has a longer waiting time as much as 90 hours.

Strategic Observations: You might consider the time element as an impact to the above consequences when shipping to any location that will pass through Dubai Port.

Kazakhstan: Foreign Citizens Registration
It is important that foreign citizens arriving in this country must register with the Police or with a License Hotel within 5 calendar days of arrival.

Foreign labor market and economic quota requirements will become available in December 2008.

Suggestions: Before you travel to Kasakhtan you will need to verify whether your hotel is Licensed for Registration of Foreign Citizens. In that way, you will strategically plan your time ahead.

Philippines: Angara at the Forum by Global Leadership for Climate Action
In Denver, Colorado, USA – Sen. Edgardo J. Angara told a forum here that fresh initiatives to combat climate change should likewise deal with the food shortages and poverty in developing countries, two grave problems in the developing world that are aggravated by extreme climatic shifts.

Angara made the call at a forum jointly hosted by the Club de Madrid, which is chaired by former US President Bill Clinton, and the Global Leadership for Climate Action, a United Nations Foundation founded by CNN founder Ted Turner. Angara was the only Filipino leader in that forum.

Angara said; "that violent typhoons and record-breaking monsoon rains have crippled rice and corn production in Southeast Asia. Extreme weather events have also turned rice production deltas in the region into watery graveyards for those killed by savage flooding."

To read the details of the Article, please click this link:

Ref: Manila Bulletin (http://www.mb.com.ph/ ), Aug 28, 2008.

United Kingdom: EU fund for the Integration of Third Country Nationals (EIF) 2007
"The European Integration Fund is aimed at newly-arrived legal migrants (that is migrants who have arrived within the last 5 years) who are not asylum seekers, refugees, EU or EEA nationals and who have not come to the United Kingdom in a short-term visa category such as students."

The whole publication about EIF is available at EU Fund Link:
Ref: UK Border Agency, http://www.ind.homeoffice.gov.uk/

USA: Labor Day Holiday
The United States is approaching the Labor Day Weekend Holiday. The Holiday which is officially on Monday, September 1, 2008. It is a customary practice among businesses in both private and public to close operations during this Holiday. There are some businesses however that remains open for public access.

Suggestion: Review your appointments on that day (September 1st 2008) as you may find that the office you will be transacting business will not be opened on that day.

For more inquiries about the above, please send an email to: info@jntconsulting.com

# # #

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Seoul, S. Korea: Expatriates Enjoy New Initiatives

The Expatriates living in Seoul, S. Korea will enjoy the new initiatives around Seoul when the city launched an online English reservation system on August 1 2008.

According to JoongAngDaily; "The city has operated the Internet reservation system since March 2005, but there was no English service.According to Seoul officials, expatriates will only need to enter their name and alien registration number to make a reservation. The Web site is http://yeyak.seoul.go.kr/index_Eyeyak.html Payment can be made with a credit card online.

Under the new system, expatriates will be able to reserve 249 city-operated facilities such as the Jamsil baseball stadium in Songpa District, Mokdong Ice Rink in Yangcheon District, Jangchung Gymnasium in Jung District and Seoul World Cup Stadium in Mapo District. Tennis, basketball and badminton courts at all 12 Han River parks are also available."

“As the world becomes more global, we need to offer handy services to expatriates living in Korea,” said Seoul official Na Jeong-pa. Online English reservations for classes offered by the Seoul city government will be launched soon, he said. Source: By Park Sang-woo, Staff Reporter, email: spark@joongang.co.kr, JoongAngDaily (http://joongangdaily.joins.com)

We like to hear from you. Please send your comments to: info@jntconsulting.com

# # #

Employment Opportunity: Aircraft Structural Engineer

JNT Consulting LLC is searching the qualified and experienced candidate for Aircraft Structural Engineer.

If you know someone with the qualification that we are looking for, please forward this information to your friend, family or co-worker. This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced Aerospace or Mechanical Engineer with technical experience and knowledge in embraer environment.

Position Title: Structural Engineer (Aircraft)
Job Location: With Relocation and Immigration Benefits

Job Description:
Responsible for engineering activity relating to aircraft structures, related components, interior, and furnishings on aircraft. Support Line, heavy maintenance and modification of A320 / Embraer aircraft. Reviews aircraft problems and resolves these problems into various engineering modification and / or repair documents. Reviews various manufacturing manuals, service bulletins, and associated data in order to determine appropriate corporate action. Provides engineering assistance to Line Maintenance and business partners repair organization to facilitate aircraft operations, repairs, and / or maintenance.

Perform stress analysis, damage assessment, repair, and modification design. Develop and issue detailed work instructions and engineering drawings to accomplish minor and major aircraft structure repairs. Develop and issue engineering authorization to accomplish modifications and alterations to aircraft structures, components, and accessories. Evaluate damaged aircraft structure, parts, and provide solutions beyond the applicable manual limitation in accordance with the FAA and OEM requirements. Develop engineering procedures, standards, and process specification to comply with vendors / manufacturer S/B, Airworthiness Directives, and other FAA requirements. Coordinate engineering functions with regulatory agencies as required for approval for major repairs and alterations including the completion and forwarding of documents to support such approvals. Provide technical assistance to various departments in support of the day to day operation and provide troubleshooting support. Other assignments as directed by the Manager of Engineering.

Required Qualifications:

1. BS in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering degree with emphasis in aircraft structures
2. Five years of aircraft structural engineering experience with emphasis on Embraer in the airline industry
3. Competent in developing modifications and repairs to primary and secondary aircraft structures. Experienced in line and heavy maintenance onsite support
4. Five years of strong diversified experience on transport category aircraft, understand maintenance manuals, maintenance programs, and reliability programs
5. Demonstrate excellent verbal and writing skills with strong analytical abilities. Competent to communicate technical issues in an assertive way and tactful manner. Excellent command of both verbal and written English. French, Portuguese and Spanish verbal language proficiencies are a plus
6. Demonstrable project management competencies. Experienced in planning, implementation and administration of engineering programs and projects. Multi-task competencies in managing and coordinating tasks and projects simultaneously
7. Competencies to interact with a wide range of customer groups both internal and external. Computer literate Microsoft software such as Excel, Word, Access, PowerPoint, and Project.
8. Flexibility to work schedule is required including shift, weekend, and holidays.
9. Able to pass a 10-year security background check and a drug test.

Interested candidates and parties please submit your CV or Resume to: careers@jntconsulting.com Code: JN0808-01

# # #

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Employment Opportunity: Latin America Director of Operations

JNT Consulting is searching the qualified and experienced candidate for the Latin America Director of Operations for an expansion of business.

If you know someone with the qualification that we are looking for, please forward this information to your friend, family or co-worker.

Responsibilities will include the overall management of the business, sales, marketing. This is an excellent opportunity for a dynamic professional with technical experience and knowledge in electronics manufacturing environment.

1. Must posses a BS or BSEE Degree. MBA preferred.
2. Must be a strategic leader, team player with strong organization and can influence South American customers
3. Creative thinker, strong analytical , problem solving and decision making skills
4. Strong communication skills in both verbal and written
5. Fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and English
6. Five to Seven Years of industry experience which include; Channel Sales, expansion partnerships and acquisitions, strategic growth and development
7. Strong relationship skills for key customers
8. Demonstrable entrepreneurial mindset, high energy, strategic planning, consultative and collaborative techniques and exceptional track record of managing Latin American Region

Compensation: DOE / Negotiable

For any inquiries about this position, please send your communication to: careers@jntconsulting.com Code: JN0807-03

# # #

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Global: Important Pointers to consider prior to a new Community Immersion

There are times when we are assigned into a new place, city or a country. Our focus is our job tasks and responsibilities. Or perhaps the excitement to a new place and explore what are there for fun, activities, sceneries and people.

The following are suggested pointers:
1. Cultural Insights that navigate a new living style
2. Location, location, location
3. Points of transportation
4. Travel distance between points of responsibilities and interest
5. Housing amenities, its structure, regulations and limitations
6. Food sources
7. Location for Emergency Assistance
8. Educational venues for dependents
9. Community Amenities for recreation
10. Compliance to host city/ country laws, regulations that covers employment, global taxation and immigration
11. Secure professional guidance and assistance from experienced professionals when necessary
12. Communicate your thoughts, feelings, fears, reservations and successes
13. When applicable, assign a family member as the Household Manager to be the contact point and discuss matters that are important and small details that are essentials
14. Ask questions you don't understand
15. Keep important personal and professional documents in tact for immediate access

The above data points are found to be the most important pieces of information prior to any movement and transition to a new location regardless of cultural boundaries. 

Please contact JNT Consulting to guide and assist you with your current or future needs.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Employment Opportunity: Investment Sales Executive

JNT Consulting participates in lowering the unemployment rates in the state and the country. This employment opportunity on Investment Sales Executive is being featured to encourage qualifying candidates to apply.

If you know someone with the background that we are looking for, please forward this information to your friend, family or co-worker. The details about this opportunity is available at JNT Consulting Career Page.

Position Title: Investment Sales Executive
Must be highly motivated, intelligent, independent self-starter with exceptional drive for success.
Approximately 25% travel required.

Master's Degree in Real Estate or
• MBA with a Real Estate License
• Experienced in Finance and Real Estate
• Demonstrable passion and success in "hunting" new business and closing new deals
• Autonomous self-starter, ability to work independently and as part of a team
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills

• Highly organized

For inquiries about this featured employment please send to: info@jntconsulting.com Attn: Featured Career

# # #

Employment Opportunity: Conversational English Instructor

JNT Consulting participates in lowering the unemployment rates in the state and country. This employment opportunity on Conversational English Instructor is being featured to encourage qualifying candidates to apply. This is an opportunity to work in a multi-cultural environment and experience a different culture of people who speaks different languages.

If you know someone with the background that we are looking for, please forward this information to your friend, family or co-worker. The details about this opportunity is available at JNT Consulting Career Page.

Position Title: Conversational English Instructors
• At least Three Years Education from a University or College
• First language must be English
• Speaking proficiency level as a Native Speaker
• Demonstrable spoken linguistic skills with clarity as a Native Speaker
• Must pass the Spoken Linguistic Competency Test
• Personable, intelligent, competent, fast learner and trainable if no experience*

*Inexperienced but Trainable individuals can enroll into a CEI Competency Workshop prior to actual application. This Workshop will provide you with techniques and methodologies that will give you the competencies in performing the job.

For inquiries about this featured employment please send to: info@jntconsulting.com Attn: Featured Career

# # #

Thursday, July 10, 2008

USA - IRS Warning To Taxpayers About IRS Scammers

Today, the US Internal Revenue Service warned all Taxpayers in regards to IRS Scammers.

"Taxpayers to be on the lookout for a new wave of scams using the IRS name in identity theft e-mails, or phishing, that have circulated during the last two months. In May and June alone, taxpayers reported almost 700 separate phishing incidents to the IRS. In 2008 so far, taxpayers have reported about 1,600 phishing incidents to the IRS."

“Taxpayers should take steps to keep their personal information out of the hands of identity thieves,” said IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman. “That includes not falling for any of the phony e-mails or faxes now in circulation pretending to come from the IRS.”

How will this affect you? It is a matter of being vigilant and cautious on what information you are conforming to. You do not need to volunteer your personal information to anyone whom you do not know and aware of the transactions that is happening. Implement a validation process before you answer and provide anything.

Suggestion: Request the caller's name, company and telephone number as you will need to return the call as you are in the middle of something. Once you got the information, call back the number and speak with the person whose name was provided. You will be able to validate the caller's info and number whether it is real or not. Of course, you will need to do your best judgement and do your diligence.

Other alternative options are available at the IRS Website. To read the details about the latest IRS Memo - IR-2008-088, please click on the link Scammers Use e-Mail, Fax to Pose as IRS


Monday, July 7, 2008

Global: Expatriate Living & Its Challenges

Expatriate Living in another country has a lot of challenges. It entails many tasks that you have never come across unless you have a prior experience. As a green horn in the expatriate community you are challenged with identifying the right information. Yes the internet is widely open and you can find anything but the main point is... which ones are correct and which ones are not;

There are a lot of things involve when you uproot yourself from your current living location to another part of the world. These are visas to enter and for employment purposes, current home management, transporting personal stuff, deficiency of cultural knowledge, favorite food, new home, temporary living style and convenience, hobbies, pets, driving license, bank account, medical information and sources, personal insurance, dependents, period of adjustments, survival coping skills and many more.

What is the best way to implement your plans? Approach someone who have experienced this kind of lifestyle. Inquire about the challenges, the advantges and disadvantages. Identify to yourself the value of this experience for your personal fulfillment or growth. Set a short term goal and long term goal as both will help you achieve a balance to your lifestyle being an Expat.

Dependents are crucial pieces of Expatriate Living. One of the most effective tool that make dependents happier is the implementation of a Cross Cultural Training to all parties. This will provide a pre-transitional adjustments and setting up of expectations. It will facilitate a better behavioral approach to adjustments. If the family member is happy - the expat can concentrate on job functions rather than easing up family's uncomfortability.

There are expats who were assisted with their relocations by third party companies procured by their Human Resources Department. These companies were meant to ease the challenges of every aspect of the relocation and transitional lifestyle of the Expat. Experiences of an Expat varies based on the level of service procured and provided by his/her employer. At certain aspects there were shortcomings of the service providers that were authorized by their emplohyer. When these arise - it creates a multitude of stress on the part of the relocating parties.

Share us your thoughts and ideas at info@jntconsulting.com 

If you need assistance for your Expatriate relocations .. please call +1 (650) 241 3207 or visit ... http://www.jntconsulting.com/relonavigator.htm

Monday, June 30, 2008

US IRS Announced An Increased Mileage Rate Effective July 1, 2008 (IR-2008-82, June 23, 2008)

The US IRS (Internal Revenue Service) announced on June 22, 2008 an increase in the optional standard mileage rates for the final six months of 2008. Taxpayers may use the optional standard rates to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

The above announcement is in support to taxpayers on the increased fuel costs, automobile costs for business and other purposes, including moving. Beginning July 1, 2008 through December 31, 2008, the new rates will be 58.5 cents per mile for business use, up from 50.5 cents, and 27 cents per mile for moving expenses, up from 19 cents.

This is an increase of eight (8) cents from the 50.5 cent rate in effect for the first six months of 2008, as set forth in Rev. Proc. 2007-70 The IRS usually adjusts the mileage rates once per year, but opted to do so this mid-year because the costs of fuel have increased dramatically in recent months.

To read in details please click on the link IRS Memo dated June 22nd 2008.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Global: Workshops Experiential Learning Environment

In March 2008, JNT Consulting rolled out its first set of Workshops for FY2008. The Workshops are focused on 'Global Relocation Management' and Global Expense Management'. To register for the August 2008 Workshops please complete the reservation form which can be downloaded from the website: JNT Workshops

A Workshop is a venue of learning that facilitates a dynamic interaction between attendees. The basic goals of a Workshop are: experiential learning, develop rapport and confidence, establish a forum, exchange ideas and experiences, utilize tools and materials that are relevant and as driver to learning, hands-on experience that will provide maximum understanding about actual practices that works.

JNT Consulting conducts Workshops that integrate Adult Learning Principles. Collaborative approach through experiential learning environment. It advocates productive process where professionals use their whole experience and transcribe these as their tool in achieving their business goals and objectives in support to their organizations.

Both Workshops are interrelated, however each will focus on different specialized endeavors, such as overcoming the nuances and challenges that provided unsuccessful relocation management, will identify the advantages of program management and understand its practical applications, current business practices, essential quality components and features, strategic approaches that defines business partnerships, technical knowledge which determines the roles of each involved party, the role of culture that impacts the whole business goals, the value of human element and their specific needs. Learning all of these through the Modular Approach Workshops will increase your professional competencies to manage successful relocation programs.

Other Workshops which will follow are: Global Taxation and Planning, Corporate Immigration Across Cultures, Hiring Competencies Internationally, Cross Culture for Global Workforce and other Human Resources areas. Watch out for additional details here at JNT Consulting Website: http://www.jntconsulting.com/

For your comments and questions please contact: info@jntconsulting.com

Friday, June 20, 2008

Global: Recruiting in the Global Economy Means Understanding of Cross Culture

Recruiting is a profession that is challenging and sophisticated. Professionals who have choosen this HR Function as their profession have exceptional talents and skills in identifying the best candidate for a position from the multitudes of applicants.

In January 2008, Juntee spoke before the Tucson Professional Recruiters Association about International Recruitment. He stressed that a compentency in Cross Culture is a must have by a Recruiter and other professionals working in the global world. In March 2008, he spoke before the Arizona Professional Recruiters Association with a focus on Professional Development of Recruiters and Human Resources Professionals. Cross Culture competency was mentioned as something to integrate into one's global competency. In our global economy the competency in cross culture is a must in order to become successful.

Cross Culture was also identified in JNT Consulting LLC Blog with a Title, "Cross Cultural Competencies Benefits Business Success" it quoted that; "One of the challenges in doing business in the global environment is the lack of understanding the simple yet common sense of cultural uniqueness of every cultural setting around the world."

An Article in Business Week got a title, "Headhunting Goes Cross-Cultural". A part of this article says "But world-class now means that executives must have cross-cultural sophistication and knowledge of markets outside their own." said, Joseph Daniel McCool, Headhunters Confidential June 5, 2008.

So what is ahead of everyone in this global environment? It is simply learning the means of comprehending and demonstrating the value of a cross-cultural competency. To become successful in our current Era one must have a sensible competence in working within a mutli-cultural setting.

For questions or comments please send an email to: info@jntconsulting.com

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Global: Advantages in Utilizing JNT Consulting As Your HR Consulting Company

An alternative option for your company to run smoothly especially when you don’t have an HR Team or an employed HR Manager is to have an HR Consulting Company whose expertise is to provide guidance about the challenges of Human Resource Management.

© 2008 JNTConsulting
A lot of companies acknowledge that their HR function is one of the most important business units. Ensuring that everything is running properly, the HR team has big responsibilities on their hands. If you don’t have an HR Team, your option is by getting the help of a consulting company - JNT Consulting, they can consult with you on a number of different things including employment and immigration law, the hiring process, the management of people and its technicalities, the appropriate practices surrounding staffing and they may also be able to provide you guidance with some applicable HR resources that may facilitate efficiency for your operational needs. Generally the consulting company will tell you how you can adjust to improve the running of the human resources department and increase higher efficiency in the running of the company.

Consultative HR Practice for your advantage

When you hire a consulting service, the HR Practitioner will begin by looking at the way your human resources function is currently run. A recommendation will be provided on how you can improve to save you money, time and to make the most of your HR management become efficient. They will show you exactly how various systems can help you to have a more productive function and they can also inform you of the latest employment and immigration laws. Keeping on top of such laws is important and it can save you a lot of hassle too. This type of guidance from an HR Practitioner like JNT Consulting LLC will provide you with minimal risks in running your business because you are heading towards a compliant operation.

Specifically, an HR consultant can help you by creating a customizable employment contracts. They can also develop or enhance your business and integrating your culture within the company handbooks which clearly identifies all guidelines to your employees. As an employer you have a duty to inform your employees’ rights and of the new updates of employment laws. Employees need to know the scope of policies, holiday entitlement, leave of absence, sick pay and other benefits available. An HR Consultant can add value to your HR organization by creating this booklet for you and in settings where there is no HR Manager or HR Team – Your HR Consultant will act as one.

There are lots of employers that cannot cope up with employment and immigration laws because they do not keep on top of it. Employment and immigration laws are constantly changing and if no one keeps track of them your company is at higher risks. HR Consultants will keep you informed of any changes that you need to be aware of. This will include I-9 compliance and management, export rules of controlled countries,immigration compliance where appropriate, minimum wage, mobility requirements and management, maternity leave, diversity and anti-discrimination laws and equal opportunities. Working with an HR Consulting Company will facilitate low risks and the avoidance of large penalties and settlement.

To sum it up, the human resources management function is essential in any company. If you like your company to be compliant and efficient, hiring JNT Consulting as your HR Consulting Company would definitely be a good idea.

This is not a legal advice but for informational purposes only.

Planning Ahead and Use Your Life Compass

Oftentimes when people are in the cross-roads of their career, they stop and think ... am I in the right job? or am I in the righ direction? or Is my profession paying good enough to have sufficient funds where saving for rainy days is possible?

These questions will be summed up to 'Planning Ahead'. How do you plan ahead with your career? First, for anyone who is a US resident or citizen - completion of your High School is most ideal. Other countries, the concept of completing a High School and a Bachelor Degree is normal. Secondly, pursue an Associate Degree or something that will lead you to a money earning career. It could be a vocational education that is post high school. Thirdly, while working you will work hard to earn your Four Years Degree to join the ranks of Degree holders around you. Fourthly, obtaining an advanced degree is not at all bad. As this will lead you to become more competitive in any endeavor that you like to pursue at some future time. Having an Advanced Degree plus numerous experience will make you become indispensable in your career. Your directions are countless. It wil become a matter of navigating the best options for your own career and life.

In today's article in Yahoo Hotjobs it listed ten ideal jobs that can begin earnings from Fifty Thousand US Dollars per annum. To read the details click the link: http://hotjobs.yahoo.com/career-articles-10_hot_jobs_that_start_at_50k-418

That is great if your interests are in those lines of professions. If your education and passion are not in those lines would it mean you cannot get at least 50K job? Finding a job that pays you with best opportunities are dependent on your skills and competencies. There are lots to learn and make yourself competitively compensated. There are however shortcuts to some degree of success. Some individuals are creative and use these schemes for their short term investments for success. In order to be more realistic about life, success is planned ahead with a long term intentions coupled with your personal values, education and experience.

Competitive professionals during this Era are continuously educating themselves through many professional development workshops and seminars that are offered by different organizations and institutions which advocate education to humanity. Specialized continuing education are available to individuals who holds Professional Designations in their specialized profession. Continue sailing onward, follow your life compass and choose the right direction. Evaluate your plans and career objectively. Be pro-active in what path you really want to go and do not forget the life-balance as an interactive human being, this is an important piece of life. You are not there only to work for someone but also to achieve personal satisfaction and fulfillment at the same time.

For comments and inquiries, please contact: info@jntconsulting.com

This is not a legal advise but for informational purposes only.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Global: Professional Development: A Boost to Your Competencies

During the current Era of Twenty First Century, Change has been a constant phenomenon and it is omnipresent. Regardless of your profession - there is always an impact of change.

While there are many individuals who are agents of change, there are individuals who can influence the dynamics and impact of change. Each of us plays a significant role in every change that affects our organizations or our own individual lives and profession. Regardless of the size and status of our organization or perhaps a certain lifestyle which we practice - we influence its landscape.

As a Professional, what options are you taking to continually gain additional learning and advancing your technical knowledge and expertise? In that way, you will achieve higher efficiency, successes and productivity.

For any reason, we continually progress for development and advancement. We thrive to gain additional knowledge that will enhance our perspectives. We become more indispensable to our current functions when we educate and advance ourselves with the current trends, practices and applications notwithstanding with the global demands of practitioners around us. We are in a better position to navigate greater responsibilities when we have the proper line of thoughts, correct experiences, appropriate common sense and mindset as a Professional.

Productivity and learning are synonymous when it comes to Professional Development. Workshops are empowering, experiential and executable. We advocate professional growth and development. We facilitate an adult and experiential learning in order to maximize the highest productivity that will assist you immediately when you get back to your work environment.

Professional Development is designed to increase competencies of every professional. Depending on your career and business goals, you need to be critical in determining what you need to further your capabilities. You have a lot of options to choose from. You also need to consider your personal learning style in order to make sure that you will maximize your learning abilities.

This is not a legal advise but for informational purposes only.

Global: Cross Cultural Competencies Benefits Business Success

Competition is an absolute game in any business. Much more in our current generation where global operations of many small and big companies are extensively gaining their grounds. Arizona based corporations are not left behind. Entrepreneurs are now in the global market place as they are attracted with the possibilities of doing business in the international zone.

Because of opportunities and possibilities - the global market is the arena to compete.

Operating a business in an international zone is not as easy as cooking your favorite delicacy. It is complex and nerve-testing, by your patience, determination and abilities to combat challenges. One of the challenges in doing business in the global environment is the lack of understanding the simple yet common sense of cultural uniqueness of every cultural setting around the world. Each community, each country, every business and its operation whether big or small scale has its own set of features. When you begin interfacing in that zone - you will be challenged to face the nuances. This is because of inadequate knowledge and understanding the required competencies to operate within a micro-cultural environment. Your management and or technical skills to do your job is not the only requirement. Competence to assimilate, learn, interact and immerse into the culture of your target market play a bigger role than anything that you have thought about.

Business owners, expatriates, impatriates and individuals who were not culturally oriented, who have operated in specific country with their independent goals and objectives have experienced huge difficulties to adjust with their peers at work and at social settings, the work environment, the bureaucracies, the hierarchical differences, the magnitude of cultural barriers in order to fit-in at a given environment and most of all the lack of cultural awareness. All of these inadequacies have contributed to their failures, low productivity, higher risks of workforce turnover and losing return on investments.

Mobility of workforce have increased tremendously in the last three years. Business investors from different countries were equally mobile. People around the world are moving.

On the other hand, Human Resource Business Partners are trying to cope up with the demands of global workplace. In that way, they can support the needs of their mobile workforce. They too are challenged with the inadequate knowledge and competence to operate globally.

Within United States, there are very few companies that are source of quality education about culture. Cultural education that is impacting is not gained through attending a one day or two days seminar. It is not a time bound program of three weeks or two months. It is a program that will expand up to the time when the individual has gained certain level of proficiency and have gone through the period of Aculturization. This is an immersion based concept and process. Experiential learning is a great way in assimilating the cultural competencies but hands-on activity is the real scenario which will facilitate a maximum cultural adjustment.

There is a big task ahead of you. Increase your Global Competencies in order to gain better operational leadership and management portfolio of competencies in the infinite global market.

This is not a legal advise but for informational purposes only.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Moscow: Russian Work Permits

The Moscow Federal Migration Service stopped accepting application for foreign work permits as of last week, per JNT Consulting’s Service Partner based in Moscow. The Migration Services did not specify the reasons for this action.

A similar suspension took place in September 2007 when local branches of the Federal Labor and Employment Services unexpectedly stopped accepting new applications. It was made clear later that it was due to quota issues.

Per recent reports, the Migration Service ordered the suspension as a part of the internal re-structuring, and it nearly filled the annual quota of work permits for foreigners based in Moscow. The quota per year is about 105,000 for non-CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) citizens. It is not clear whether the suspension will affect all foreigners or just those from Non-CIS countries.

Applications submitted before May 26th will be processed. It is not clear how long the suspension will last. This means that Moscow-based companies cannot apply for work permits for their foreign employees. With the re-occurrence of similar problems it will become an operational and staffing challenge in the near future.

FYI: Upon arrival in Russian soil within 72 hours (excluding non-working days) you must register your visa. Without registering within the time frame you are risking yourself for penalties. Upon leaving the country you must un-register yourself and re-register upon return.

For any questions and guidance please contact:  

This is not a legal advise but for informational purposes only.

Canada: Corporate Transfers R205(a), C12 - An Option

The Canadian Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Regulations provides Specialized Knowledge Workers – R205(a), C12 Exemption. This type of visa is similar to the United States’ Intra-company transfer visa (L1).

The C12 work permit and corporate transfers is an attractive options for employers to transfer an employee from their corporate branch or subsidiary abroad to their corporate operation based in Canada. Provided the goal is to create or maintain significant social, cultural or economic benefits or opportunities for Canadians.

Sample of requirements are:
- Candidate must be Senior Manager/ Executive or Specialized Worker
- Exempt from HRSDC confirmation
- Canadian branch “is or will be doing business” in Canada and foreign country. Doing
business means regularly, systematically, and continuously providing goods and/or services by a parent, branch, subsidiary, or affiliate in Canada and the foreign country, as the case may be. It does not include the mere presence of an agent or office in Canada.
- Work Permit required
- Others, please request for guidance

The R204 Regulation will be applicable to employers that will fall under NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement), GATS (General Agreement On Trade in Services) and CCFTA (Canada Chile Free Trade Agreement) for countries like USA, Mexico and Chile. All others will have to follow the usual process for a Work Permit.

For further inquiries please contact: info@jntconsulting.com

This is not a legal advice but for informational purposes only.

Monday, June 2, 2008

USA: Nonimmigrant TN Visa Proposed Enhancement

In May 2008, the USCIS notified about the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) which intends to increase benefits of visa holders under the TN Nonimmigrant Visa. This type of Visa is provided under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) which include Canada and Mexico.

NPRM intends to provide;
1. An increase of a maximum increments up to 3 years to remain in the US by a professional worker from Canada or Mexico. Currently, this is limited to one year and extended each year
2. Dependents of Primary TN Visa Holder will receive the same benefit (applicable to spouses and unmarried, minor children who meet the requirements of the nonimmigrant classifications as NAFTA dependents
3. Professional worker can remain in the United States before seelking readmission or obtaining an extension of stay

TN Nonimmigrant Visa is intended for a professional worker from Canada and Mexico with a minimum of bachelor degree or appropriate professional credentials listed in Appendiz 1603.D.1 to Annex 1603 of the NAFTA and under the DHS regulations at 8 CFR 214.6(c).

Final rule will be provided as soon as USCIS has completed the period required under the Federal Register. Additional information can be found at: http://www.uscis.gov/ and http://www.regulations.gov/

=This proposed regulation will benefit the Employer/Petitioner, the visa holder and dependents enormously. The time and efforts spent on an annual extension of stay will be redirected towards increased productivity in the work environment.

For comments and inquiries please contact:  info@jntconsulting.com 

This is not a legal advice but for informational purposes only.

Global: The JuNcTion May Edition - On Learning

The May Edition of The JuNcTion illustrates the following;

�� Learning Will Result In Growth & Advancement Globally
�� Professional Development Workshops
�� Strategic Hiring of Foreign Nationals
�� Staffing Management Association
�� Global Tax Programs
�� International Students Programs

Jon Huntsman wrote in his book 'Winners Never Cheat' - "Leadership calls for a high degree of confidence that keeps many people from wanting to be in-charge of problematic situations".
Acknowledging the elements that are globally important such as time, culture and practice thus make you different as a global practitioner.

To read the content of The JuNcTion, please go to:

Global: Strategic Ways In Overcoming Low Retention

You need to look at your Staffing Programs and their roles which complement talent acquisition strategy: competitive benefits, compensation package, cultural orientation its impact to your overall organization or functional ranks or as an individual employee within a given environment or locale, how these talents are treated in both personal and professional level, career path within your organization - is there one? or there is none?, global mobility of new talents and the requisites to comply ... there are so many areas to look at in order to overcome high turnover.

The bottom line safeguard your investments through approaches that work and not pretentious.
Talents are now facing the competitiveness in a global community. If your company is not strategically competitive in the global market you will always be the revolving door of talents and your investments cannot be recovered at all.