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When it comes to assignment planning, the thought, "If only we had known in advance," probably comes up more often than anyone would like. It can seem as if all the effort that goes into tracking and reporting on short-term assignees and global busi - ness travelers is trying to address the fact that often companies simply don't know in advance. Business needs arise and require immediate attention, and if an employee can get on a plane within 24 hours without waiting for a visa, the pressure to get that person to the airport can be incredibly high. "When a big project comes up, or something goes down or gets broken and the busi - ness needs help, the most important thing to the manager is to get someone there fast, especially if it's a customer situation," says Liane Grametbauer, GMS, program manager for global mobility and immigration with National Instruments Corporation (NI) in Austin, Texas. As a result, even companies with strong policies and engaged global mobility professionals continue to face challenges to ensuring legal compliance. STAYING AHEAD CURVE Heading Off Risks in Short-Term Assignments By Ryan Chargois COMPLIANCE OF THE

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