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Workplace Immigration: Tips for Onboarding New H-1B Cap Employees

Employers can start onboarding new FY2022 H-1B employees effective October 1st.  Here are some WR Immigration’s tips for onboarding new H-1B employees. Start by completing Form I-9, the Employment Eligibility Verification form. Section 1 must be completed on day one of employment, and section 2, the employer verification portion, must be completed within three days […]

HR’s Crucial Role in Life Sciences IPOs

Much attention has been given to venture investments in New England life sciences companies. Private funding is creating an incredible lift for lab space, office space, hiring, and overall innovation. IPOs, however, deserve as much recognition. Larger and fast-growing companies are heading for the Street, with nearly 50 U.S. biotech companies filing to go public in the […]

DE&I at Biotech Week: Creating a Path for Foreign-Born Workers

We proudly sponsored Biotech Week Boston’s Diversity Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) Summit last week.  The Summit brought together panelists and attendees from over 22 countries around the world, each with a diverse set of experiences, perspectives, and important themes to add to the conversation.   WR Immigration’s Julie Galvin led a session focused on overcoming common obstacles, including incorporating a DE&I lens when hiring foreign-born employees.   The Summit’s keynote, Incorporate the Right […]

Technology is Key for HR to Manage Fast Growth

Fluctuating immigration policies and unpredictable COVID-19 restrictions have resulted in a need for improved communication tools, propelling organizations – including HR departments – into the future of work. With the job market in sectors like Life Sciences expected to grow 7% by 2028, effective technology will be a key enabler to address both HR and […]

Immigration Compliance: Beware of Being TOO Diligent

In a new settlement, the Department of Justice (DOJ) imposed a civil penalty of $84,832, along with training and monitoring requirements, on Ascension Health Alliance, a Missouri-based health care organization with more than 2,600 sites, including 146 hospitals and more than 40 senior living facilities in 19 states and the District of Columbia. Ascension was […]

Financial Upswing in Biotech and Pharma Drives Hiring Influx

The #GreatResignation is impacting more companies each day. With an increase in career transitions among skilled workers, companies are scrambling to reallocate funds and expand budgets for recruiting, salary increases, additional benefits, and to introduce creative positions that might attract high caliber employees. In the startup world, the well-chronicled capitalization craze is driving growth – […]

Avoiding Immigration Pitfalls in Cross-Company Collaboration

Cross-organizational collaboration in the Life Sciences industry is a staple for breakthrough innovation and scaling product distribution.  Working together brings exciting opportunities to address and build new solutions that provide greater impact, reach, and shared profitability. Successful collaboration was perhaps at its strongest during the development of Covid-19 vaccines. The challenges of the pandemic brought together experts from across the pharma industry, government, and academia. The collaborative efforts culminated in the development of therapies and diagnostics at […]

Data Security: Tips for How HR Managers Can Keep Company Data Safe

Businesses of all sizes are under constant threat from cybercriminals and malicious software.  None, not even the world’s largest and apparently impenetrable organizations is immune, as recent headlines are rife with the latest victims of cyberattacks. On top of that, an increasingly remote workforce has multiplied data security threats – what are some ways that […]

How does M&A impact business immigration strategy?

As companies adapt to a radically different post-pandemic world, a merger and acquisition wave is sweeping across several sectors. Life Sciences is one of the most active industries, driven by new outlooks in drug discovery, collaboration, and global efficiencies. For HR and foreign-born employees, mergers can come loaded with complexities and pitfalls that are often […]

The Life Sciences Talent Squeeze and Foreign-Born Workers

It’s no secret to MassBio members that the life sciences is on the front end of a significant boom. Fueled by innovation, collaboration, and accelerated funding, the signs of growth are clear. We’re seeing IPOs, overseas expansions, and an influx of venture capital financing into well-known Boston players. “There has…been a massive amount of investment, […]

HR Holds the Key to a Diversified Life Sciences Workforce

The Life Sciences industry runs on innovation – and in order to develop innovative solutions, companies need to have different perspectives, different backgrounds, and different cultures.  Opening doors to more diverse teams is essential to expanding prospects to find the best talent with the skillset to solve complex problems in unique ways and continue to […]

Life Sciences Boom Calls for HR Recruiting Pivot

As businesses begin to reorient after a year of unexpected changes, hiring pauses, and remote work, HR professionals are reimagining the workplace in a post-pandemic world, creating structured workforces that are agile, inclusive, and focused on future growth.   The signs of growth are clear. Venture capital funding has reached record highs throughout the U.S. […]