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What employers need to consider if a staff member is arrested

Considering a recent court ruling, Kate Palmer examines the options businesses have if an employee is suspected of, but not charged with a crime. There are many things an employer needs to consider once they are notified of an arrest or investigation, including the severity of the charge/potential charge, risk to the business – both […]


Wayne Couzens case: Police ‘must look at vetting processes’ after Sarah Everard murder

Police officials “must look at vetting processes” and the monitoring of officers in light of the murder of Sarah Everard, amid calls for a public inquiry into alleged failings and “the wider culture of misogyny” in the wake of her killer’s guilty plea. Wayne Couzens was a serving Metropolitan Police officer when he committed the […]


Is The UK About to Scrap GDPR?

UK employers have just about got used to the idea of GDPR, but the government has launched a consultation on reforms to the data protection regime. Some of the key proposals are lowering the threshold at which businesses can refuse to comply with DSARs; making it easier for employers to rely on legitimate interests as […]


European Commission’s New Standard Contractual Clauses: What They Mean for UK Businesses

The European Commission’s long-awaited standard contractual clauses (SCCs) for international transfers of personal data made under the EU GDPR have now been finalized. SCCs are the most frequently used mechanism for transferring personal data from the EU (practically speaking, the EEA) and from the UK to third countries. What are the key features of the […]


The Future of Employee Screening Process in The UK: Why Identity Verification Must Evolve While Remote Hiring Grows

An identity check is a crucial – but not always easy – step in the recruitment process in the United Kingdom. There is evidence that UK businesses are looking to take on new employees now that the country is emerging from the pandemic. However, employers have a number of regulatory obligations – including rigorous identity […]


Using Digital ID to Screen Potential Employees in the UK

Two stakeholders coming from different perspectives are encouraging the United Kingdom towards the adoption of a digital ID-focused screening process for potential and new employees. To tackle the issue, the UK government recently published a draft version of a Digital Identity and Attributes Trust Framework, but related legislation will only take form between 2022 and […]


Information Commissioner’s Office Publishes New Toolkit to Help Organizations Using Artificial Intelligence to Process Personal Data

Alister Pearson, the ICO’s Senior Policy Officer – Technology, introduced a new beta version of the ICO’s AI and Data Protection Risk Toolkit. Pearson explains that the ICO decided to publish the toolkit as it recognized that understanding how to assess compliance with data protection principles can be challenging in the context of AI. The […]


ICO Consultation on International Data Transfer Agreement to Replace SCCs

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has launched a consultation on its draft international data transfer agreement and guidance for organizations on international transfers. Once finalized, the IDTA will replace the existing EU Standard Contractual Clauses in the UK. The ICO may also provide an Addendum that would potentially provide a practical compliance solution for […]


Freed Child Killer Colin Pitchfork Dodges Sex Offender Register and Plans Name Change

Colin Pitchfork will be able to change his name when he leaves prison this month. He reportedly has dodged the sex offender list because of a legal loophole that says that the strict monitoring conditions cannot be imposed on anyone convicted of sex crimes before 1997. Conservative peer Lord Porter called on the Ministry of […]


Care Staff’s Criminal Records Went Unchecked, Report Says

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) found Blessed Hearts Home Care, in West Bromwich, failed to vet staff with criminal records and employed others with incomplete employment histories. It rated the company as inadequate and said the staff did not always have the necessary skills or experience. Inspectors allegedly checked on the recruitment records of five […]




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