Rewinding 2018 | Employment Law cases

court cases

2018 has seen some important judgments being handed in tribunals and courts. Ellis Whittam runs through five important employment law cases which have had implications for employers. 1. Employment Status In light of the emergence of the gig economy, we have seen a series of decisions made by Employment Tribunals about whether an individual is […]

HEALTH | Prying on patient records

Curiosity can be a great thing. However, it can get the better of some people. This can enter into dangerous territory. Staff in GP surgeries may think they are not doing anything that bad when they snoop on the records of family, friends, neighbours or acquaintances, but it can bring about potentially serious consequences. Just […]

GUIDE | Data Protection, GDPR & Recruitment

health and safety advice

Finding the right candidates for your organisation can be challenge. It takes time, patience and lots of effort to trawl through countless applications and sit through interviews to find someone who meets the role’s requirements. But complying with your data protection obligations during the recruitment process can prove even trickier. With the introduction of the […]

EMPLOYER FAQs | Subject Access Requests

subject access requests

The rules on subject access requests changed under the GDPR. The right of access, commonly known as subject access, allows employees to make a request to access personal data that is held by their employer. In brief, employers need to provide the employee with confirmation of whether or not personal data is being processed. They […]

When emails come back to haunt you

when emails come back to haunt you

Often, people can find themselves in all sorts of legal trouble for not thinking twice about what they write in emails. There’s a widespread assumption that if you send an email to someone and mark it ‘private and confidential’, nobody else will read it. So in the heat of the moment, you send a scathing […]

Employer vicariously liable for data breach

data protection GDPR

Supermarket chain, Morrisons, has been found by the High Court as responsible for a data breach caused by an employee. It’s believed that this is the first data leak class action to arise in the UK. What is the case about? An employee who worked as a senior IT auditor stole the personal details of […]

New Data Protection Bill coming soon

data protection GDPR

A new Data Protection Bill will be published in September 2017. The Bill will bring the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) into UK law. Matt Hancock, Minister of State for Digital, commented “Our measures are designed to support businesses in their use of data… The new Data Protection Bill will give us one of […]

How to stop employees stealing your client list

data theft

Have you ever suspected that employees who leave your business take your customers’ details with them when they go? Individuals who do this can be fined up to £5,000 in a magistrates’ court or receive an unlimited fine in a Crown Court. Now, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is calling for tougher sanctions, including threatening […]

Fines for Data Protection breaches rise

data protection GDPR

Are you worried about complying with breaching data protection laws? You should be! According to the latest figures from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) analysed by PwC, the number and value of fines issued by the ICO for data protection violations has increased significantly in recent years. In 2016, 35 fines were handed out worth […]

How to deal with Subject Access Requests

subject access requests

The Data Protection Act provides employees with a right to access personal data. This is known as the ‘right to a subject access request’. It can be time-consuming, costly and inconvenient for the employer, but unfortunately it is like going to the dentist, it needs to be done! What does it involve? The right involves […]