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”.


Five policies HR needs to revise ahead of the GDPR

With Friday’s GDPR deadline looming, employers have undoubtedly been spending the last few weeks reviewing the data they store about...

GDPR and payroll: 10 points to consider on personal data

10 May 2018

Handling payroll by its very nature requires processing a lot of personal data on employees. What actions do HR and...

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The top 10 questions April 2018: taxation of termination payments and GDPR

4 May 2018

New rules on the taxation of termination payments came into force in April 2018. All payments in lieu of notice...

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How will the GDPR affect the processing of employee health information?

4 May 2018

With the GDPR due to come into effect later this month, HR departments need to be careful when processing data...

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Cope with the countdown to GDPR

6 Apr 2018

With the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation coming in next month, occupational health practitioners need to be reviewing how they...

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The top 10 questions March 2018: Holiday entitlement and GDPR requirements

4 Apr 2018

The Easter bank holidays inevitably raise questions for employers about employees’ entitlement to time off, pay or pay in lieu....

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April 2018 employment law changes: Six key tasks for HR

26 Mar 2018

April is always a busy time of year for HR, with new and amended employment laws taking effect. In April 2018, large employers face their first gender pay...

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Webinar: Data retention under the GDPR

14 Mar 2018

With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into effect on 25 May 2018, employers need to be putting in...

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GDPR deadline looms: Are your immigration data processes compliant?

13 Mar 2018

Most employers will be aware of the upcoming introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR. But how can...

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The top 10 HR questions February 2018: Consent to process personal data

2 Mar 2018

One of the key messages employers are hearing on the new data protection rules under the General Data Protection Regulation...

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100 days until GDPR takes effect

14 Feb 2018

With less than 100 days to go until the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect, employers have been reminded...

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Top 10 HR questions January 2018: TUPE consultations

2 Feb 2018

Employees transferring to a new employer in a TUPE situation have the right to be consulted, but the rules on...

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Morrisons data breach sounds warning on vicarious liability

5 Jan 2018

In a recent case, Morrisons supermarket was found vicariously liable for a malicious data breach carried out by an employee...

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Top 10 HR questions December 2017: Workers’ rights post-Brexit

2 Jan 2018

December saw the announcement of an agreement between the UK and the EU on citizens’ rights following Brexit. Employers are...

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Five employment law developments to watch out for in 2018

22 Dec 2017

2018 sees a number of significant domestic employment law developments, including the response to the Taylor report, delayed as the...

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