COVID-19 Update: How to Keep Global Hiring Initiatives Running During Uncertain Times


Presenters: Ben Wright, Velocity Global; Matthias Thorns and Luis Rodrigo Morales, International Organisation of Employers

Original program date: March 24, 2020 (available for on-demand viewing through June 2020)

Program length: 60 minutes

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The World Health Organization officially declared COVID-19 a pandemic. While companies around the world are taking proper precautions to protect their employees, global business isn’t stopping completely, despite economic turmoil and travel bans. In this webcast, Velocity Global's CEO Ben Wright and Matthias Thorns and Luis Rodrigo Morales of the International Organisation of Employers will share insght on how HR professionals successfully hire around the world, even during times of uncertainty.

In this program, you will learn about:

  • The steps Velocity Global took to protect their global employees and communities from spreading the deadly virus, which included creating a mandatory work from home policy
  • An overview of how hiring trends changed and what we see right now around the world, including the places hit hardest by COVID-19
  • Why partnering with an international professional employer organization (PEO) provider is helpful during uncertain times by helping companies get set up in a market quickly without long-term commitments.
  • How to use an international PEO to hire local workers and gain access to essential markets that your current employees might be unable to work in or travel to. 

About the presenters: Ben Wright
 is Velocity Global's CEO and founder. He has supported companies doing business across the globe for two decades. During that time, he uncovered a revolutionary way for companies to expand and hire across global markets, which was the impetus to start Velocity Global. Wright is a recognized expert on global expansion strategies and regularly writes and presents on topics such as international employment, permanent establishment, global payroll and expatriate assignments.

Matthias Thorns is deputy secretary general at the International Organisation of Employers (IOE). Luis Rodrigo Morales is senior advisor at the IOE. The IOE is the largest global private sector network, representing 50 million businesses in nearly 150 countries. The IOE is the sole representative of business in social and employment policy debates taking place in the International Labor Organisation (ILO), across the UN, G20 and other emerging forums.

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SHRM Certification has approved this webcast for 1 PDC toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification. A program code will be provided at the end of the webcast. The program also meets recertification credit standards set by the HR Certification Institute and other HR certifying bodies, but candidates must manually enter their activity into their records.

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This webcast is sponsored by Velocity Global


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