The 2010 Annual Screening statistics raised a lot of debate regarding whether or not companies should be checking the criminal records of job applicants prior to employment and whether this is in fact fair practice. The concern relates to when a company can deny employment as the result of an applicant having a criminal record.
A lot has been said about this very controversial new act soon to be passed by government. This act (Protection of Personal Information Act) contains certain principles one will have to take to heart and deal with as an employer, mainly in terms of a company’s code of conduct. The sooner employers adopt these principles into day to day conduct the easier it will be to comply with legislation once enacted.
Without entering into too much detail I would like to highlight a couple of the stand out issues discussed by Andrew Levy who is well known as the country’s leading Labour Law Expert and authority on all issues regarding Labour Relations.
There is an increasing trend both nationally and internationally to structure businesses on flexible staffing models. The freedom to align staffing levels with business levels allows businesses to navigate successfully through poor economic times and times of increased productivity.