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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Data Protection Bill unveiled

The Government has published the Data Protection Bill, which will supplement the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the UK....

Will employers need to amend contracts of existing employees to comply with GDPR?

Top 10 HR questions August 2017: GDPR and holiday pay

12 Sep 2017

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will require employers to provide employees with a privacy notice, detailing how their personal...

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Data subject access requests: Common employer queries

5 Sep 2017

How should employers deal with data subject access requests and how will the process change for employers when the General...

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Data protection: Post-Brexit EU partnership plan revealed

25 Aug 2017

The Government has issued a policy paper proposing to develop a post-Brexit partnership with the EU on data protection matters....

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Microchipping workers: What are the moral, practical and legal implications?

22 Aug 2017

Three Square Market, a Wisconsin-based tech company, recently became one of the first in the world to microchip staff. David...

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Five ways HR can lead the way with GDPR

15 Aug 2017

While the GDPR brings risks and eye-watering penalties for non-compliance, it also brings great opportunities for firms that use it...

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New Data Protection Bill to launch next month

7 Aug 2017

The Government has today outlined its intention for a new Data Protection Bill, to be published in September 2017, which...

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Top 10 HR questions July 2017: Data subject access requests

2 Aug 2017

Employers will have less time to respond to data subject access requests under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and...

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Repeal Bill: No immediate change for workers’ rights

14 Jul 2017

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

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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 – 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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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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