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”.


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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Top 10 HR questions November 2017: Gender pay gap reporting looms large

7 Dec 2017

Employers have just under five months left to publish their gender pay gap reports. Most employers covered by the gender...

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GDPR: Processing without consent (webinar)

1 Dec 2017

ON-DEMAND| The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), in effect from 25 May 2018, will make it difficult for employers to process employee personal data on the basis of ...

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

2 Nov 2017

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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