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The Data Protection Act 1998 requires that employers follow various data protection principles when handling employees' personal data.
An employee has the right to request access information kept about him or her by the employer, including personnel files, sickness records, disciplinary or training records, appraisal or performance review notes, and emails or documents in which the employee is the focus. Such requests are known as “data subject access requests”.
4 May 2017
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will introduce significant changes to the data protection regime, along with increased penalties for...
26 Apr 2017
Wearable fitness trackers such as fitbit are promoted as useful tools for wellbeing...
19 Apr 2017
A recent legal case involving messaging service WhatsApp raises issues about monitoring employee communications. Nick Le Riche, a partner at...
19 Apr 2017
ON DEMAND |The General Data Protection Regulation changes how data is processed in the EU, and while it does not come into force until May 2018, employers need to prepare now.
5 Apr 2017
A recent employment law ruling that it was fair to dismiss an employee partly on the basis of an expired...
4 Apr 2017
The Tax-free Childcare scheme is due to be phased in from 28 April 2017, with employers’ childcare voucher schemes being...
20 Mar 2017
Charles Wynn-Evans of Dechert LLP reports on some recent decisions on subject access requests, which will give employers food for...
9 Mar 2017
What's keeping HR professionals awake at night?
6 Mar 2017
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is consulting on draft guidance on consent under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
10 Feb 2017
Can employers have rules on personal relationships at work? Is it harassment for a worker to ask a colleague out...
2 Feb 2017
From April 2017, employers with a paybill of more than £3 million will be required to pay the apprenticeship levy....
24 Jan 2017
CCTV used to require installation by specialist security engineers, but modern small-scale camera systems can now be rigged up by...
3 Jan 2017
The Government published a revised version of the draft Regulations setting out the gender pay gap (GPG) reporting duty on...
16 Dec 2016
Subject access requests – when an employee asks to see any personal data held on them – can throw legal...