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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”.
1 Feb 2021
With strengthened lockdown measures in January, employers have again been asking for guidance on employees who are home-schooling.
22 Jan 2021
Labour has called for greater protections for workers whose employers use software to monitor activity while working from home –...
20 Jan 2021
Last week, the owner of Pimlico Plumbers said he wouldn’t offer a job to anyone who hasn’t been vaccinated. Given...
20 Jan 2021
The Labour Party has called on the government to urgently update guidance on the use of surveillance at work after...
18 Dec 2020
The roll-out of the Covid vaccine has got employers thinking about whether they will collect, and how they might manage data around workers’ vaccination status.
17 Dec 2020
From the leaking of personal data to homophobia and the gig economy, we highlight seven noteworthy cases from 2020 that employers should know about.
10 Nov 2020
The Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM) has published clarifying guidance for occupational health practitioners on a range of ethical considerations...
27 Oct 2020
In the first legal challenge of its kind, former Uber drivers in the UK and Portugal are suing the taxi-hailing...
6 Oct 2020
H&M Group has been fined €35.3m (£32.1m) by an information commissioner in Germany for intrusive data collection and analysis of...
19 Aug 2020
Organisations must absorb the lessons of verdict in South Wales Police case, when it comes to the use of AI and automation, argues HR director.
18 Aug 2020
Social media has grown in use exponentially since Facebook was launched 16 years ago, and so has the risk to...
6 Aug 2020
Complex patchwork of rules and practices between countries is dissuading employers from implementing track and trace schemes.
7 Jul 2020
Fraud and data breaches are among the risks that the coronavirus emergency have heightened.
24 Jun 2020
With pubs, restaurants, cinemas and hairdressers set to open next month, many more people will be returning to work over...