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New York bans employers from asking job candidates about past salaries

NEW YORK: The authorities in New York have banned employers from asking “the most sensitive question that any prospective employee may feel uncomfortable about. The New York City Council voted on Wednesday to approve legislation that would prohibit employers from asking job applicants about what they make in their current, or made in their previous jobs. The ban will take effect in six months, and is aimed at combating pay inequality, which impacts women and black minority ethnic (BME) members of the workforce in…

Tayyaba Torture Case: SC seeks report in three days, summons child maid

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Friday ordered inquiry officials to submit a report on alleged torture of a 10-year-old child maid by her employers, an influential judge and his wife, within three days and summoned Tayyaba in the next hearing on December 11. Surprisingly, a new couple contacted the top court on Friday, claiming that the tortured child maid was actually their ‘missing’ daughter. A two-member SC bench headed by Chief Justice Pakistan (CJP) Justice Saqib Nisar also ordered DNA tests to confirm…

One in five Japan employers faces worker’s ‘death from overwork’

TOKYO: More than one in five Japanese companies have employees who work such long hours they are at serious risk of death, according to a new government survey into the country's notoriously strenuous working culture. Hundreds of deaths related to overwork -- from strokes, heart attacks and suicide -- are reported every year in Japan, along with a host of serious health problems, sparking lawsuits and calls to tackle the problem. The survey was part of the nation's first white paper on "karoshi", or death from overwork,…