CFGI Quoted – “Eva Del Rio: Employers now must handle travel ban, but how?”

The Gainesville Sun

“Unless you've been off the grid for the last few days, you have surely heard about the Executive Order that was issued…banning immigration from certain countries. While a lot of the coverage has focused on the national security perspective, the immediate and practical effects have also been felt vividly in the workplace.

“In this global economy, many American employers…rely on a mobile workforce that can travel internationally back and forth to complete projects and conduct business. But because the EO was implemented so abruptly it didn't give businesses a chance to plan.

“‘It's a tough situation,’ said Lynn Shotwell, executive director of the Council for Global Immigration. ‘In the past, such decisions were made with enough time so that questions such as the status of green-card holders could be ironed out in advance. Because it all happened so quickly there was a great deal of confusion.’

“…So what should employers do now?

  • “Figure out who is affected. 

  • “…Caution against travel. 

  • “…Communicate. Employees don't like uncertainty. 

  • “…Check your paperwork. Make sure you have your ducks in a row, such as completed I-9s and up-to-date visas.

  • “Stay informed. Things are changing on a daily basis, so it's important to find trusted sources of information and check in frequently.”

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