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Employment Law

With employee access to the internet and external email networks becoming the norm, employers are increasingly concerned with monitoring the activities of their employees at work. Within certain constraints, employers are vicariously liable for the actions of their employees, and many employers feel that giving employees access to the internet and email increases their chances of incurring liability, for example, for sexual harassment claims or for defamatory statements made on email networks. Employers are not only concerned with their potential liability to third parties but also with the potential to become the target of fraud. Breaches of security or confidentiality are also of concern.

Data Protection Act 1998 Online Training Course

Learn more about your rights as an individual and your obligations as an employee in this 30 minute data protection course.

FOISA Online Training Course

This online course takes about 20 minutes to complete and there is a short test at the end.  

Guide to Social Networking in the Workplace

ACAS guide offers practical tips on the impact of social networking on discipline and grievances, bullying, defamation, data protection and privacy.

Equality Act 2010 - A Summary Guide for Public Sector Organisations

Guidance for public sector organisationsaims to make current equality law more consistent, clearer and easier to follow in order to make society fairer.

Equality Act 2010

Guidance for organisations and employers on the implications of the Equality Act 2010 available at: http://www.equalities.gov.uk/equality_act_2010/equality_act_2010_what_do_i_n.aspx

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Hotel Booking Firm Fined Over Data Breach

Worldview Limited recently fined £7,500 by ICO for failing to appropriately secure personal data.  

ICO Warns Employees Stealing Personal Information is a Crime

The ICO recently warned employees that the removal of personal information of their employer when they change employment constitutes a criminal offence.

Compulsory Disclosure of Minor Spent Convictions Breaches Human Rights, Rules Supreme Court

The UK's highest appellate court found that forced disclosure of all spent convictions, including cautions, under the Enhanced Criminal Record Certificate breaches Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Tweets Result in Jail Sentence

The posting of abusive tweets has resulted in an eight week jail sentence and a criminal record.

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