Records management Data Protection code published

The
Information Commission has finally published the second part of the Data
Protection Code of Practice.

The
delayed Records Management code, released five months after the first code on
recruitment, sets out good practice guidance for HR professionals when keeping
employment records.

The
109-page code states that employers must provide staff with a copy of their
basic employment records annually.

It
states restricted access to the database for all employee records must be set
up and also explains the processes for employees and unsuccessful job
applicants to insist on obtaining copies of their records (for a £10 fee).

It
also requires line managers to be trained and made aware of their Data
Protection responsibilities.

Copies
of the code are available at www.dataprotection.gov.uk

By Paul Nelson

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