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”.


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Repeal Bill: No immediate change for workers’ rights

EU-derived legislation such as the Working Time Directive, TUPE and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will continue to apply...

Growing numbers of people will be working into older age, a period when many “critical illnesses” such as heart disease and cancer are most likely to be diagnosed

Managing workers with terminal illness: a guide

4 Jul 2017

With growing numbers of employees set to work into older age, managing those with terminal illness will be a priority...

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General Data Protection Regulation

General Data Protection Regulation – are you ready?

4 Jul 2017

Regardless of Brexit, the General Data Protection Regulation will bring in a range of new rights allowing employees to access...

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Top 10 HR questions June 2017: Maximum workplace temperature

4 Jul 2017

With a temperature of 34.5°C recorded at Heathrow, 21 June 2017 was Britain’s hottest June day for 40 years.
Whether...

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compliance-challenges

Five key compliance challenges for HR

29 Jun 2017

HR departments face a constant barrage of new regulation and compliance requirements, and forthcoming developments such as GDPR will add...

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How to gear up for GDPR and create a data privacy culture

21 Jun 2017

It is easy to view GDPR as just another compliance challenge, but HR can play a crucial role in ensuring...

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Top 10 HR questions May 2017: Some other substantial reason

5 Jun 2017

Perhaps the general election means that the collective HR consciousness has its mind elsewhere, or maybe it’s the effect of...

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cyber-security

HR should own “people factor” of cyber security

2 Jun 2017

Nearly half (47%) of HR departments do not know when their cyber security was last considered and only 22% have...

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GDPR not well understood by HR professionals

12 May 2017

The vast majority of HR professionals do not have a good understanding of the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)...

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GDPR

Top 10 HR questions April 2017: General Data Protection Regulation

4 May 2017

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will introduce significant changes to the data protection regime, along with increased penalties for...

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Wearable fitness trackers in the workplace: surveillance by fitbit?

26 Apr 2017

Wearable fitness trackers such as fitbit are promoted as useful tools for wellbeing...

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

Monitoring employee communications: WhatsApp case raises concerns

19 Apr 2017

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

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.

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Expired warnings, final warning

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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