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-BACKGROUND SCREENING- Complexity of Background Screening Across Latin America

For Latin American hires, HR department are increasingly adopting background screening practices into their standard recruiting processes. This task is particularly complex for companies considering candidates with cross-regional profiles, including professional experiences and education, from different countries and jurisdictions, as available information for background checks varies from country to country. For an HR department hiring people across Latin America, the differences between conducting searches in Mexico and Brazil and the rest of the region are clear. Mexico and Brazil both have the largest number of crimes in absolute terms and, therefore, the ones with more records in this area. In both countries there is one federal criminal law and different local criminal codes establishing whether local or federal authorities are in charge of the crimes depending on the type. In both Mexico and Brazil there can be differences in the time period for which litigation records are available for there are divergences in technology access and transparency policies across the different states. Larger populations mean higher levels of difficulty and complexity in the internal organization of a country. HR Departments need to take this fact into account for it greatly affects the operation process, costs and times of their work.


Mexico Marijuana and Drug Reform Bills Filed Lawmakers in Mexico City have filed two bills that would begin to radically transform the country's approach to drugs. One was introduced in the Mexico City legislative assembly and one in the federal legislature. The moves come as the debate over drug policy in general and marijuana in particular heats up in the region. The legalization of marijuana in Uruguay and the US states of Colorado and Washington has enlivened ongoing efforts at drug reform in Mexico, and the country continues to bleed from the violence associated with criminal organizations that rose to power on the back of drug prohibition. The Mexico City bill would de-emphasize small-time marijuana prosecutions. It would instruct police and judges to deprioritize prosecution of marijuana violations in some circumstances, and it would create a Portugal-style "dissuasion commission" which could impose administrative sanctions on offenders instead of subjecting them to the criminal process. The bill would also allow for the limited retail sales of marijuana in the Federal District. The federal bill would raise possession limits for the amount of drugs decriminalized under a 2009 law and would allow for the use of medical marijuana.

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