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”.


Can an algorithm eradicate bias in our decision making?

It's tempting to assume that artificial intelligence and machine learning can ensure HR's decisions in key areas such as recruitment and performance management are completely unbiased. But there are still vulnerabilities

How to deal with an employment tribunal

4 Aug 2019

The employment tribunal is not something any employer particularly relishes. Omar Khalil provides some expert advice for HR professionals facing...

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data privacy

Privacy: what data can employers collect from company-issued tech?

26 Jul 2019

Employers could be collecting personal data from company tech.

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cyber-security

Five ways HR can improve cyber security

3 Jul 2019

Incidents such as those at Morrisons and Butlin's show that employees can be a significant risk in terms cyber security. What can HR do to reduce the threat?

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When does keeping tabs on working time overstep the line?

2 Jul 2019

A recent ECJ case means employers will need to more closely track employee time at work. But when does concern over employees' wellbeing turn into spying on them?

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Could DNA testing be the key to developing talent?

31 May 2019

DNA testing for ancestry and medical insights has become increasingly popular as the technology matures, but what impact could it have on talent development at work?

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GDPR: Managing privacy is now key to mergers and acquisitions

24 May 2019

This weekend marks a year since the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation. Tim Bird examines how worrying gaps...

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City of London

How to navigate managers regime, GDPR and criminal records checks

10 May 2019

How financial firms need to navigate the major data privacy implications of criminal records checks made necessary by the Senior Managers and Certification Regime

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Uber not complying with GDPR requests say drivers

7 May 2019

Uber drivers are threatening to take legal action over claims the company has refused to disclose the personal data it...

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One year on from GDPR – managing the data ‘snowstorm’ within occupational health

3 May 2019

This month (May) is the first anniversary of the arrival of GDPR, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation. Dr...

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Morrisons data leak: implications for employers

2 May 2019

As Morrisons is granted permission to appeal its vicarious liability case, where a rogue employee leaked its employees’ personal data,...

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surveillance camera in office

Can employers carry out covert surveillance on staff?

26 Apr 2019

Even if an employer is confident that theft or other offences are taking place in the workplace there are plenty of factors to consider before surveillance cameras are installed.

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Morrisons granted permission to take data breach case to Supreme Court

17 Apr 2019

Morrisons has been granted permission to appeal to the Supreme Court after it was held vicariously liable for a major...

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Top 10 HR questions March 2019: Anonymous witness rights

2 Apr 2019

If a witness in a disciplinary procedure wishes to remain anonymous, how can the employer balance their privacy against the...

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Employers lack data needed to analyse ethnicity pay gap

21 Mar 2019

Ninety-five per cent of employers have not analysed their ethnicity pay gap, with many lacking the data that will enable...

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