Many thanks to Turro for inviting me to write this blog for them and to be part of their webinar series. It’s fantastic to have an opportunity to reach out to some new businesses within the social care sector and I hope to get to know some of you soon. Social care services hold huge amounts of personal data about their workforce, service users and their families, therefore, we thought you might welcome a FREE LIVE webinar on the impending updates to the Data Protection Act. The feared GDPR which comes into force on 25th May 2018.
By way of brief introduction, I am a Partner with Eaton Smith LLP in Huddersfield. I specialise in employment law and offer a wide range of services to employers from contract and policy reviews, to ongoing HR and employment law support, and, if the worst should happen, defending claims in the Employment Tribunals.
In my webinar I will take you through the key components of the General Data Protection Regulations (“GDPR”) to demystify the new rules and ensure that your handling of your employee’s personal data is legally compliant.
The GDPR comes into force on 25th May 2018 and will be incorporated into UK law by way of an updated Data Protection Act. Some of the core principles that you will already be familiar with will remain the same, such as the need to process personal data fairly and lawfully, and the need to ensure that you don’t keep personal data for longer than is necessary. But of course there are some new provisions that you need to be familiar with, such as the changing rights of employees to have access to personal data that you hold about them, and to request amendment or erasure of that personal data.
It is vitally important that you can demonstrate that you have complied with the GDPR and that you collect, store, share and delete employee personal data lawfully. The penalties for non-compliance are high and include significant fines of up to 20 million euros or 4% of annual global turnover (whichever is higher)!
The good news is that, when it comes to employees, it should be relatively straightforward to identify lawful reasons for processing their personal data. This means that it shouldn’t be necessary for you to go out armed with consent forms to ask each individual to agree to you continuing to hold the contents of their personnel file.
Within the webinar we’ll look at the types of employee personal data you might want to process and the potential lawful grounds for doing so, we’ll look at special categories of personal data such as images captured on CCTV or information captured by call logs, and we’ll consider whether you can market your services to your employees using their personal data.
By the end of the webinar, you should have a good idea of what you would want to see covered in your Employee Data Policy and how to make sure you’re compliant with the new rules.
If you are a middle to high level Manager, Head of, Director or CEO in Social Care you are welcome to register for this free live webinar. This is a highly requested topic and spaces are limited so please register your details today to secure your place. Click here to register.