The top stories from People Management’s international websites

1. New ‘flexible’ work permit launched in Bahrain

Freelance and consultancy work could soon become a reality in Bahrain, thanks to a new ‘flexi permit’ that allows expatriates to work and live in the country without an employer as a sponsor. The permit lasts for two years, is renewable and allows for travel in and out of Bahrain.

2. Saudi government suspends operations of 739,701 private sector organisations

The Ministry of Labour and Social Development has released figures showing that 739,701 organisations have not met the kingdom’s nationalisation requirements. A further 255,356 are at risk of suspension if they do not comply with the new Nitaqat system, which states that businesses must employ a certain percentage of Saudis.

3. Foreign workers must submit fingerprints before entering Malaysia

The new rule will come into force in October and is intended to combat identity fraud. The authorities believe many workers with infectious diseases are getting healthy people to take their mandatory health checks for them before entering Malaysia to work. Employers could be considered liable and charged if cases of identity fraud are discovered.

4. Japan blacklisting employers that overwork their staff

Work-related deaths and suicides – termed karoshi – have been rising fast in Japan over the past few years, so the government is taking action against employers that repeatedly ignore labour laws. It hopes that naming and shaming organisations allowing or encouraging their staff to work dangerously long hours will reduce the number of cases of karoshi.

5. Background checks on CVs increasing in Asia

More than one in five background checks on CVs reveal inaccuracies, according to HireRight, so job applicants need to make sure there are no little white lies – or outright whoppers – on their resume. Vincent Romano, managing director of Elliott Scott HR, Southeast Asia, said: “Candidates are realising that these things do come out in the wash and they need to get it right.”