Mayer Brown's Employment & Benefits group is pleased to announce two recent additions to its series of global publications:

1. A Global Guide to Background Checks

Background checks have become a critical part of the recruitment process in many countries but can present a variety of challenges for employers with a global presence.

A Global Guide to Background Checks offers a practical overview of the approach to background checks in 50 key countries. Our largest guide to date, it covers the core background checks, identifies the applicable restrictions and sanctions in each country and incorporates quick reference 'traffic lights' tools to highlight whether a background check is standard practice or prohibited in a particular jurisdiction.

A Global Guide to Background Checks is available as an App (for iPad, iPhone and Android), interactive PDF and ebook/web reader:

Please note it is a large file and may take some time to download - so please be patient and ensure you have sufficient memory on your device.

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2. Africa Traffic Lights 2016

Our popular series of Traffic Lights tools provide easy-read, colour-coded 'pin-up' guides to a range of workplace issues and risks across multiple jurisdictions.

Adding to our existing series of Traffic Lights covering the Americas, Asia and Europe, our new Africa Traffic Lights cover Diversity & Discrimination, Termination and Background Checks.

Direct links to all our Traffic Lights are listed below (simply click on the tick symbol):

Africa Americas Asia Europe
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