2016



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December 6, 2016
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The Rules on Employing Ex-Offenders

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 introduced the concept that ex-offenders sentenced to less serious penalties should, after a period of time, be considered rehabilitated and not obliged to disclose previous convictions which would be regarded as ‘spent’.

The Act also stated that some occupations would be exempt from its protection, meaning that even spent convictions for those wishing to undertake such roles would continue to be disclosable. In March last year the Act was amended so that most convictions now become spent in a shorter period of time. The amendments also increased the number of sentences, which could become spent.

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November 22, 2016
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Information Privacy Protection Law on Cards

"The government is set to enact the Information Privacy Protection Law ""very soon"" that will enable residents to protect their personal data rights, a senior official said yesterday. The draft law protects personal information that has been collected or processed electronically, or by combining electronic and ""traditional"" processing. Once the law is enacted in Qatar, no person or organisation will be able to use personal data or information without prior consent of the concerned individual or organisation in any form. The draft law was approved by the State Cabinet in January this year and it is likely it will be enforced before the end of this year."

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November 22, 2016
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False Job Credentials A Frequent Reality

Where there is heavy competition for jobs job applicants may deceive prospective employers to improve their chances of being offered a job. Deception includes falsification of CVs and academic certificates, exaggeration of skills, lying about age, and more. An employer has a right to accurate information. While this is the general rule, many exceptions exist, particularly where the information in question relates to the employee 's personal circumstances, which some recent court cases have shown. The decisions in the cases mean that employers must check all information that job applicants give them, put in place systems for preventing employees from misusing their knowledge of the organization for personal gain, and more.

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