May 25, 2018

Don’t Panic! 11 GDPR Myths Debunked

The General Data Protection Regulation takes effect on 25 May, with new fines of up to £17m or 4 per cent of your global turnover applying for breaches of personal data. A lot has been said about this new regulation in the media, and there have been warnings that many businesses know very little or…

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March 16, 2018

Four GDPR Risk Areas to Consider for Payroll & HR

With the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force on 25 May 2018, many employers may be worried that they do not fully understand all the new rules surrounding the Personally Identifiable Information (PII) about an individual they hold and process. The new legislation will have a huge impact on employers, particularly on…

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March 9, 2018

New Case Puts Focus on Fairness when Monitoring Employees with CCTV

The use of CCTV surveillance to monitor employees has come into sharp focus following a Judgment in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) that tightens the understanding for employers over what surveillance is acceptable. Article 8(1) European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) states “everyone has a right to respect for his private and family…

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March 6, 2018

£90k Fine For Meat Producer Highlights Cost of Uncontrolled Work at Height

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Working at Height has just closed the evidence-gathering stage of the UK’s first ever inquiry into the number of serious injuries and fatalities resulting from falls from height and falling objects in the UK workplace. With 18% of those who died at work in 2016/17 killed due to…

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February 12, 2018

How to Prepare your Workplace for a Transgender Employee

By now all companies should have an adequate equal opportunities policy in place which includes sexual orientation and gender reassignment, two of the ‘protected characteristics’ under the Equality Act 2010. But is having an equal opportunities policy enough? Just because you may have such a policy tucked away in your handbook, this doesn’t mean that…

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February 5, 2018

Five Steps for Dealing with Difficult or Underperforming Employees

Poor attitude, poor behaviour, poor standards of work and high levels of absence are the most common issues our clients have with their employees. One underperforming employee could be costing the company as much as 20% of their annual salary, and having just one underperforming employee can lower moral within the rest of the workforce,…

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January 20, 2018

GDPR: Massive Data Protection Shake-up Imminent

Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation becomes law on 25 May 2018, after which the Information Commissioner will be able to impose penalties of up to £18 million (20 million euro) or 4% of a company’s global turnover for data protection breaches. We’re all aware of the major problems that can result from vast data hacks.…

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January 15, 2018

Did You Beat the January Blues? (Nine Employee Absence Tips for Winter)

If any of your employees called in sick on Monday 15th January, you’re not alone. The third Monday in January is known as ‘Blue Monday’ and has been calculated as the most depressing day of the year, with one of the highest levels of absence. The lack of employee motivation at this time of year…

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December 18, 2017

Morrisons Data Leak Highlights GDPR Threat to Employers

Business owners have been given a wake up call after the news that thousands of employees are suing Morrisons supermarket after their personal details were leaked online by a senior IT employee. With new the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) coming into force in May 2018, it highlights the financial and reputational risks of the…

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December 15, 2017

Could you Afford to Pay 13 years’ Holiday Pay?

Businesses that employ ‘gig economy’ workers, such as taxi or delivery firms, and deny them paid holiday leave could now be forced to pay huge bills as a result of a recent ruling from the European Court of Justice (ECJ). The ruling found that a commission-based salesman was entitled to claim for up to 13…

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December 9, 2017

What Does GDPR Mean for Your Business?

Are you unsure what GDPR means? Well, it means A LOT. Whatever the size of your business, you must comply with new regulations regarding the security, storage and use of personal information. The ramifications of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for UK trade are so significant that it’s being enacted here very soon…

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