At our recent Business Leaders’ Forum, we discussed how employers can protect their organisation with simple steps, including:

  1. A review of recruitment procedures, in particular, creating a paper trail of decisions;
  2. An appropriate offer letter that makes the offer conditional upon certain factors;
  3. Updating and reviewing contracts of employment to ensure protection in areas such as:
    • bonuses,
    • termination,
    • flexibility,
    • mobility,
    • confidential information,
    • restrictive covenants,
    • intellectual property,
    • data protection,
    • working time, and
    • deductions.
  4. Ensuring all employees have the right to work in the UK and have a signed up-to-date contract of employment; and
  5. Ensuring there is a non-contractual handbook that is kept up to date.

One area that was a hot topic for most delegates is the planned introduction of changes to Data Protection.   On 25 May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will replace the Data Protection Act. While the GDPR is a European Regulation, the UK Government has confirmed that Brexit will not affect the commencement of the GDPR.

While further detail is awaited, the Information Commissioner has recently updated its helpful guidance for those wanting to start planning for the changes. Its 12-step guide is a very useful starting point.  It confirms that those who currently comply with the current law will have a valid starting point under the GDPR, but that there will still be more to do.

The ICO’s 12-step guidance can be accessed here.

We will, in due course, be providing more information on the GDPR through further articles and seminars, so please contact us to register your interest. If you would like assistance to ensure you are compliant with the current Data Protection laws or if you have any queries regarding the above, then please contact your dedicated Solicitor.