Workers fined for workplace data protection breaches

The Information Commissioner’s Office has exercised its right to bring criminal prosecutions against two individuals who were found guilty of breaching data protection laws at Birmingham Magistrates Court earlier this month. In the first case, an employee of Heart of… Read on

High number of interns still unpaid

Recent research has shown that over a quarter of graduates in their first few years in the labour market have taken on unpaid internships.  The Sutton Trust looked into the problem which is seen as restricting access to certain careers… Read on

Top tips for reference writers

There are numerous legal issues for employers to bear in mind when responding to reference requests.  Getting it wrong could result in legal liability for discrimination, negligence or data protection breaches. For more information on the legal issues to consider… Read on

A quick guide to references

Our quick guide aims to highlight some of the legal issues and requirements relating to references for those giving references, those who are the subject of references and those requesting a reference. For those writing references, read our article: top… Read on

Employee liable for data protection breach

Even a relatively small data protection breach can have serious consequences for those involved. An individual was fined £850 plus costs in a recent case. Facts of the case An apprentice at Southwark Council was investigated by the Information Commissioner’s… Read on

Monitoring employee email: how far can you go?

We have recently reported on an important European Court of Human Rights decision (Barbulescu) in which the ECHR held that Mr Barbulescu’s emails should not have formed evidence against him during his dismissal for excessive use of personal messaging during… Read on

Employees secure right to privacy for emails in work

On 5 September 2017, the Grand Chamber, which hears appeals from the European Court of Human Rights, confirmed that an employer’s access to its employees’ messages on the employer’s communications system without first obtaining the consent of its employee was… Read on

Criminal sanction for forwarding CVs

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has criminalised and fined a recruitment agent for emailing the CVs of 26 job applicants to his new employer. This came to light when the recruitment agent’s former employer discovered that candidates were being submitted… Read on