The new four-part Code of Practice under the Data Protection Act 1998 on employment and data protection places a further burden of responsibility on employers and their advisers. The Data Protection Act also applies to manual data, not just computer data, and a new tough enforcement policy was announced in October 2002.This report is directly relevant to:All employers who handle personal data - i.e. most employersPersonnel and HR departmentsCompany secretariesPrivacy officersLaw firms
About the Author
Susan Singleton is described by Chambers and Partners Legal Directory as one of the leading UK IT lawyers. Her firm Singletons specializes in Internet/IT/e-commerce law, competition law, intellectual property law and general commercial law. She is author of over 30 law books on topics such as Internet and e-commerce law, competition law, commercial agency law, data protection legislation and intellectual property and writes 15 legal articles a month. She is a frequent speaker in the intellectual property, competition and commercial law fields, both in the UK and abroad.
Table of Contents
Preface; 1) INTRODUCTION AND GUIDANCE FOR EMPLOYERS: Introduction; Subject access requests; Compliance; Changing Law; The Employment Practices Code; Personal data; Making access requests; Managing Data Protection; Conclusion; Further information; 2) RECRUITMENT: General; Advertising; Applications; Verification; Short-listing; Interviews; Pre-employment vetting; Retention of recruitment records; Criminal Records Bureau; Information commissioner’s frequently asked questions; Checklist; 3) EMPLOYMENT RECORDS: Managing Data Protection; Collecting and keeping employment records; Security; Sickness and accident records; Pension and insurance schemes; Equal opportunities monitoring; Marketing; Fraud detection; Workers’ access to information about themselves; References; Disclosure requests; Publication and other disclosures; Mergers and acquisitions; Discipline, grievance and dismissal; Outsourcing data processing; Retention of records; Access when information about third parties is involved; Frequently asked questions; Checklist; 4) MONITORING: Examples of monitoring; Assessments; Is a worker’s consent needed?; Managing data protection; Monitoring electronic communications; How to notify employees of email rules; Video and audio monitoring; Conclusion; Frequently asked questions; APPENDIX: FURTHER INFORMATION; 1) Information Commissioner’s Office; 2) Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS); 3) British Standards Institute (BS7799); 4) Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development; 5) Commission for Racial Equality; 6) Department of Trade and Industry; 7) Confederation of British Industry; 8) Criminal Records Bureau; 9) Disability Rights Commission; 10) The Disclosure Bureau; 11) Equal Opportunities Commission; 12) Office of the E-envoy; 13) Trades Union Congress; 14) Legal Advice.