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September 5, 2014
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Online Criminal Records

In a progressive development, Faisalabad has introduced a new criminal record office that will make public online criminal records complete with case histories, photographs, and thumbprints. This is a welcome move that will improve a system replete with corruption and dishonesty. People will no longer have to rely on other people to respond to their notices in newspapers to verify the authenticity of a 'businessman ', instead they will simply be able to conduct a basic background search of a person. Likewise, employers will have an easier time identifying candidates who have been previously convicted and the nature of their offences.

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Even Hiring Expats Won 't Stem the Demand for IT Workers

"Even if companies continue to hire expatriate workers, the transient work environment in the UAE will continue to make recruitment a challenge, with the rising need for IT professionals coupled with a short supply in local talent impeding organisations ' migration efforts towards emerging technologies, according to industry experts. ""Manpower is not progressing at the same speed as technological development, and this is due to a number of challenges, including education and interest,"" said Andrew Calthorpe, CEO of IT firm Condo Protego. ""In order to ensure a sustainable recruitment model, there is a critical need for home-grown IT professionals."""

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One in Five Workers Drunk on the Job

Workplace drug testing gets a fair amount of media coverage, but there is a potentially far larger issue that employers need to be aware of: alcohol. An Australian Drug Foundation survey found that nearly one in five employees had performed work duties while drunk or tipsy. A similar number admitted to pulling a sickie due to the effects of alcohol, while about 40% said they 'd gone to work while still feeling the effects of their drinking. Alcohol and other drugs cost Australian businesses $6 billion per year in lost productivity and absenteeism, with alcohol use contributing to five percent of workplace deaths and 11 percent of accidents.

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