August 27, 2019

How to avoid significant penalties as ICO issue first fines under GDPR

The Information Commissioner’s Office is finally flexing its GDPR muscles and recently gave notice of two substantial fines. The ICO are hitting the headlines having issued their first fines under GDPR. British Airways face a fine of £183 million and Marriott Hotels £99 million for significant breaches to customers’ sensitive personal data. The ICO normally…

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July 11, 2019

ICO Issues First Fines under GDPR to BA and Marriott

The ICO are hitting the headlines having issued their first fines under GDPR. Both British Airways and Marriott International were fined for breaching European data rules. BA and Marriott face fines totalling almost £300m under GDPR British Airways were fined £183m for a breach of their security systems. The breach occurred when their company website…

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May 13, 2019

Does GDPR Affect Your Employment References Process?

Does a candidate in a recruitment exercise have a right to see employment references requested and received from their current or former employer? You’re part way through an extensive recruitment process. The hiring manager has decided to make an offer of employment to a candidate. The offer is of course subject to receipt of a…

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May 8, 2019

Zero-Hours Contracts: Holiday Pay and Entitlement

The Working Time Regulations, which govern workers’ and employees’ rights to rest breaks, compensatory rest and paid annual leave, can be extremely complicated. Our HR & Employment Law Advice Line receives several queries each week regarding these matters. Common Queries include: If an individual is self-employed, are they not entitled to paid annual leave? What…

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April 24, 2019

Employment Law: Why is Taking Notes so Important?

Police Sergeant Angel explained the benefit of a pocket notebook in the 2007 comedy film, Hot Fuzz as follows: “this is the most important piece of equipment you will ever own. This notebook has saved my skin more times than I care to mention…” It is advisable that any formal meeting with an employee, should…

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April 10, 2019

How to Effectively Manage Sickness Absence

According to a recent survey, Health and Wellbeing at Work, completed by the CIPD and the Simplyhealth, the average level of employee absence this year is 5.9 days per employee per year, or 2.6% of working time lost. This is the lowest figure recorded by this survey. Their findings indicate a fluctuating but gradual decline…

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March 27, 2019

Holiday Entitlement Calculator – Calculations Made Easy

Calculating holiday entitlement for full time employees is relatively straight-forward. But what about when an employee starts or leaves part way through the holiday year, and what about part time employees? That’s when calculating holiday entitlement gets much more difficult… But don’t worry – to help you through this arithmetic exercise, we’ve compiled the following…

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February 26, 2019

Holiday Entitlement: Q&A

Recently, we have been receiving an increasing number of queries to our advice line on issues relating to holiday entitlement. In order to offer some guidance in this complex area, we’ve compiled a list of the most common questions we receive and, importantly, the answers to them. Q: Is an employee entitled to paid annual…

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January 16, 2019

The Good Work Plan: Four Things Employers Need to Know

In December 2018, the government announced the ‘Good Work Plan’. This forms part of the government’s response to Matthew Taylor’s Review of Modern Working Practices. Greg Clark, the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Secretary described the changes as the “largest upgrade in a generation to workplace rights”. In 2016 the government set up a commission chaired…

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January 8, 2019

Time to Audit Your GDPR Compliance?

2018 saw a significant increase in referrals to the Information Commissioner and fines doubled – even under the old legislation. The penalties are higher under the new legislation. Plus there’s the risk of you being made vicariously liable for your employee’s actions. With this in mind, now is undoubtedly the time to revisit the adequacy…

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January 3, 2019

Home Office Threatens to “Name and Shame” over Modern Slavery

A significant number of clients are telling us about letters they’ve received from the Home Office. These threaten to “name and shame” them for failure to meet legal obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 if they don’t comply by 31st March 2019. The UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 – what are the requirements? This…

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