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June 28, 2018
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What can employers do with regards to background checks?

A new document, the International Background Screening Essentials Guide, from Mayer Brown from the International Background Screening Resource Center, details how criminal records, medical history, drug screening, credit checks, social media, immigration status, and information found during job applications.  It also incorporates new "at-a-glance" traffic lights for each region, highlighting whether background checks are standard practice, unusual or prohibited in a particular jurisdiction.

Background checks are a critical part of the recruitment process. Employers with a global presence often seek to harmonize recruitment policies across different jurisdictions but addressing the many regulations around background checks can be challenging.

The Global Guide to Background Checks provides an overview of both the legal and practical issues relating to background checks in 50 key countries.

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Most Employers Optimistic about Hiring in Q2 2018, Finds Manpower Group

Employers around the world reported optimistic hiring outlooks in Q2 2018, according to the latest Manpower Group Employment Outlook Survey, which showed that employers in 43 of 44 countries plan to add staff.  The survey showed that hiring confidence is strongest in Croatia, Taiwan, Japan, Hungary and the US.

In the EMEA region, staffing levels are expected to grow in 25 of 26 countries surveyed, with the only negative outlook reported in Italy. Employers reporting the strongest outlooks are in Croatia. In the UK, employers recorded their most optimistic jobs forecast in over a year.

In the Asia Pacific region, employers in all eight countries and territories expect staffing levels to increase with hiring strongest in Taiwan, followed by Japan. The most cautious outlook in is reported in China.

In the Americas, positive outlooks were reported in all ten countries surveyed with employers in the US reporting the region's most upbeat forecast.

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Businesses in Africa Prepare for GDPR

GDPR will have consequences for financial services organisations in Africa and non-compliance will expose those organisations to substantial fines and possible damage to reputation.  Companies doing business in Africa should assess how the GDPR will affect their business models and data processing practices.
 
In addition, South Africa's Protection of Personal Information Act, 2013 (POPIA) also will come into effect this year. The two, however, vary in some instances. The GDPR deals with a subject's right to data probability, while the POPIA does not, and it also requires data controllers to conduct data protection impact assessments, which is not required under POPIA.
 
Similarities include the assignment of a Responsible Party, the right to erasure and the right to restriction of processing.

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