Now under construction, the 21st century version of the Panama Canal will bear little resemblance to the one that was completed in 1914. Considered a modern marvel in its day, the original Canal will soon be an anachronism. In its place will be a behemoth of a passageway, the current expansion of which is estimated to cost Panama US$5.25 billion. When complete, the Canal’s two new levels of triple locks will double its existing capacity to accommodate mammoth container ships nearly 100 feet tall and as long as aircraft carriers.
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As a member of the Consulting Services team, I am often asked for the latest in domestic relocation policy trends. Many revolve around home sale but there is an emerging policy benefit that is new and different. It answers a specific issue some companies are facing when they relocate employees often.
Incent-to-rent programs (ITR) are designed to encourage employees who are homeowners to rent in the new location instead of using their new home closing cost benefits.
Consulting Services examined this new trend and addressed questions we have been receiving from clients.
• Incent-to-rent programs can be effective when structured appropriately and [...] Read More
The Law of Regularization and Control of Home Leases has brought dramatic changes to the Venezuelan rental market since its inception in 2011. Designed to provide more housing for the general population, the government’s regulations are having the effect of tightening the supply of rental properties in Venezuela, a situation to which assignees and their companies will have to adjust.
This is a major issue for a number of companies, particularly when 27% of respondents in the Cartus 2012 Trends in Global Relocation: Biggest Challenges survey noted that Central and South America are the regions most critical to their company’s future [...] Read More
While severe flu seasons can affect any region in the world, Canada and the United States are experiencing particularly severe issues this winter, with a flu epidemic that is increasing in severity. Major news outlets are recording the effects in towns large and small; in Boston, the mayor has declared a public health emergency. It’s a good time to remind ourselves that such an event can cause a lot of disarray in a customer-oriented company like Cartus. When a great many employees are out sick, what happens to the levels of customer service?
At Cartus, our Business Continuity plans are at [...] Read More
As we begin 2013, it’s a good time to take a look back at the tax and legal landscape as it relates to relocation in 2012, and how relocation programs may be impacted moving into 2013. Cartus’ latest issue of Mobility Insights–2012 Tax & Legal Update reviews issues that have been discussed before, new issues that are cropping up, and what we see around the corner.
Old issues that still bear attention include:
• Short sales, which don’t appear to be going away any time soon
• The potential continued impact of the Homebuyer’s Tax Credit
• A refresher on the meaning of the [...] Read More