Life at Ground Zero

If anybody in HR sits in the middle of  the  chaos over U.S. immigration rules, it might be Vicky Turk. She works for SimCorp, a Copenhagen-based maker of advanced financial software with 1,376 employees all over the world. Based in New York, she’s  head of HR for a region that includes both the U.S. and Canada.

Lately, that hasn’t been easy.

Over recent months, the Trump administration has twice shut the door on visitors from certain countries, only to be stymied each time by the courts. The legal battle is far from over; in fact, it could move up to the U.S. Supreme Court as soon as this week.

Turk says the North American division of SimCorp has had two employees blocked by the travel ban as they tried to return from overseas.

At the same time, the administration has tightened restrictions on H-1B visas, which are especially prized by tech companies. SimCorp often uses “H and L” visa types to bring workers into the U.S.

“Hiring people is difficult,” Turk says. “We have to get them from Copenhagen.”

On top of all that, there is morale to worry about. With uncertainty stalking the visa programs and the travel ban still in place, many SimCorp employees “are really worried about what it all means for them,” Turk says.

 

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