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May 21, 2014
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Statewide Ban the Box Reducing Unfair Barriers to Employment of People With Criminal Records

Nationwide, over 50 cities and counties have now taken the critical step of removing unfair barriers to employment in their hiring policies. Widely known as “ban the box,” these initiatives remove the question on the job application about an individual’s conviction history and delay the background check inquiry until later in the hiring process. Momentum for the policy has grown exponentially, particularly in recent years.

Today there are a total of ten states representing nearly every region of the country that have adopted ban-the-box policies—California (2013, 2010), Colorado (2012), Connecticut (2010), Hawaii (1998), Illinois (2013), Maryland (2013), Massachusetts (2010), Minnesota (2013, 2009), New Mexico (2010), and Rhode Island (2013). Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Rhode Island have banned the box for private employers, which many advocates embrace as the next step in the evolution of these policies.

Federally, the EEOC has endorsed ban-the-box as a best practice in its guidance for employment decisions considering arrests and convictions. In an era of extreme mass incarceration, ban-the-box campaigns provide a platform to educate the public about the stigma of a criminal record and the real consequences to our society of depriving millions of Americans with past convictions of economic stability.

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May 21, 2013
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Singapore emerged as the fourth most attractive location in the world for professionals to relocate to

Singapore emerged as the fourth most attractive location in the world for professionals to relocate to, beating Asian rival Hong Kong which came in eighth. The top three most popular destinations were USA, UK and Australia.

The report by Hydrogen titled: Global Professionals on the Move 2013, revealed that Singapore has also come in second for finance, and third for technology. The country has solidified its position as a major hub for oil and gas, energy, and commodities and banking, continuing to attract workers from abroad. With its highly developed industries and excellent quality of life, Singapore is known worldwide as a great location for expats to move to.

The rising value of Asian professionals with international experience is a new feature of the global market in professional skills. Some 66% of global professionals who responded said their employers rated international experience as important or very important. An overwhelming 98% of respondents who had relocated, recommended the experience, and 86% said they wanted to stay longer.

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May 14, 2013
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New Zealand MP's Bill Step in the Right Direction

MP Sue Moroney has proposed a Privacy Amendment Bill, which would enact many of the Law Commission's recommendations by strengthening the powers of the Privacy Commissioner by empowering her office to issue compliance notices and conduct privacy audits of public and private sector agencies where this is warranted. The current complaints-driven process has been criticised as it fails to address systemic privacy breaches not exposed by individual complaints while other breaches escape detection and investigation altogether. The risks to individuals of inappropriate use and disclosure of their personal information and of identity theft are compounded as a consequence. The Law Commission's report also addresses several current mischiefs, such as cyber-bullying and application of the news media exemption from the Privacy Act to blogs. Especially pertinent is abuse, by individuals, of the so-called "personal use" exemption, which has allowed the posting online of much objectionable material about individuals. These matters are in urgent need of attention.

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