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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Top 10 HR questions October 2017: Modern slavery statements and GDPR

The requirement for large employers to publish a slavery and human trafficking statement came into force in October 2015 and...

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ICO to offer GDPR helpline for small businesses

23 Oct 2017

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) will launch a number of support features to help small businesses to prepare for the...

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Data protection in occupational health: a guide

4 Oct 2017

The growth of internet and mobile technology has made it all the more important to understand rules on data protection...

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Top 10 HR questions September 2017: Travel time and zero hours status

3 Oct 2017

Should you include time spent travelling when calculating employees’ working time? The number one FAQ for September deals with this...

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Data Protection Bill unveiled

14 Sep 2017

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

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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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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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