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5 things expatriates understand about moving abroadApril 20, 2017
Making the decision to live abroad is not for the faint of heart. Living in a foreign country is exhilarating, but the challenges can be more than a little intimidating. Family stress, culture shock, and the sudden impact of being an ethnic minority makes this a very unique adventure for everyone involved.
As a company that provides relocation services for professionals, students, or anyone else looking to move to a new country (not to mention our many staff members who are immigrants themselves) we’re well aware of the difficulties involved with setting up a new life in another part of the world. That’s why we’ve compiled this short guide to some of the issues you might encounter in your own relocation efforts.
Pennsylvania court rules language based discrimination is a violation of federally protected civil rightsApril 13, 2017
In recent years, an increasing number of cases involving language access law has filled federal courtrooms around the country. With each new case, the courts further articulate how federal language access law must be applied in real-world contexts. With that in mind, it is important for businesses, government agencies, healthcare providers, and other organizations to keep abreast of these legal developments to avoid ending up in courtrooms themselves.
In this post, Bruce Adelson – a nationally-recognized expert in language access law — breaks down a 2016 case where a Pennsylvania federal court ruled that discriminating against someone based on his/her ability to speak English is a form of national origin discrimination, and therefore a violation of federal civil rights laws.
Takeways from "Language Access Plans 101"April 7, 2017
Thank you to everyone who attended our workshop “Language Access Plans 101” this past Tuesday! We were happy to see so many professionals and the organizations they represent actively participating in discussions about language access.
Language Access Plans: Improving working relationships with Michigan's immigrant communityMarch 29, 2017
Immigrants are here to work, and they already play an essential role in Michigan’s economic health and development.
The question, then, is what those facts mean for Michigan’s business and public sectors. How do businesses plan on working with the state’s immigrant population? Since immigrants contribute so much to state infrastructure, how do legal and healthcare professionals prepare to extend their services to those populations?
Language Access Plans: Successful communication is all in the planningMarch 21, 2017
Communication understanding and accuracy can be difficult if everyone concerned does not speak the same language, cannot hear, or cannot see. Such difficulty can result in significant miscommunications and misunderstandings, while also having even life or death consequences in health care and law enforcement situations, for example.