Data protection

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”.


In the recent  case involving WhatsAPP  information  was disclosed about a client company to a competitor.

Monitoring employee communications: WhatsApp case raises concerns

A recent legal case involving messaging service WhatsApp raises issues about monitoring employee communications. Nick Le Riche, a partner at...

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Get ready for GDPR: Guidance for employers (webinar)

19 Apr 2017

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.

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Does a new tribunal decision mean expired warnings are past their “use by” date?

5 Apr 2017

A recent employment law ruling that it was fair to dismiss an employee partly on the basis of an expired...

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Top 10 HR questions March 2017: Tax-free childcare and the apprenticeship levy

4 Apr 2017

The Tax-free Childcare scheme is due to be phased in from 28 April 2017, with employers’ childcare voucher schemes being...

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Subject access requests: recent cases raise questions on how employers must comply

20 Mar 2017

Charles Wynn-Evans of Dechert LLP reports on some recent decisions on subject access requests, which will give employers food for...

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Top 10 HR questions February 2017: Gender pay gap reporting and the apprenticeship levy

9 Mar 2017

What's keeping HR professionals awake at night?

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ICO opens consultation on consent under the GDPR

6 Mar 2017

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is consulting on draft guidance on consent under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
The...

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Valentine’s Day: 10 potential problems with workplace romances

10 Feb 2017

Can employers have rules on personal relationships at work? Is it harassment for a worker to ask a colleague out...

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Top 10 HR questions January 2017: Apprenticeship funding model

2 Feb 2017

From April 2017, employers with a paybill of more than £3 million will be required to pay the apprenticeship levy....

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Do your employees understand how you use your surveillance cameras?

Surveillance at work: the legal issues of using CCTV

24 Jan 2017

CCTV used to require installation by specialist security engineers, but modern small-scale camera systems can now be rigged up by...

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Top 10 HR questions December 2016: GPG reporting and GDPR

3 Jan 2017

The Government published a revised version of the draft Regulations setting out the gender pay gap (GPG) reporting duty on...

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How to deal with subject access requests

16 Dec 2016

Subject access requests – when an employee asks to see any personal data held on them – can throw legal...

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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): an employer’s guide

7 Dec 2016

Despite Brexit, the UK will implement the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) when it comes into force on 25 May...

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2017 employment law changes: are you ready?

Employment law changes 2017: eight priorities for HR

7 Dec 2016

Significant employment law changes are anticipated for 2017, amid the ongoing uncertainty resulting from the Brexit referendum.
Large compliance projects...

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Regardless of Brexit, Europe's GDPR is on UK employers' minds

Top 10 HR questions November 2016: New EU data protection rules – GDPR

1 Dec 2016

FAQs on the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the apprenticeship levy dominate the top 10 HR questions for...

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