GDPR and the ‘Right to be Forgotten’

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect on 25 May 2018. It is a complex and wide-ranging piece of legislation but the key points are that the GDPR will give people greater control over how their personal data is used and provide them with the much-publicised ‘right to be forgotten’ (erasure). After 25… Read more »

Posted 30-Apr-2018

New Financial Year Brings New Rules

The commencement of the new financial year on 6th April has seen the introduction of a number of important financial and taxation changes which those responsible for employment matters need to be aware of. National Insurance Contributions Payable on Termination Payments Exceeding £30,000 From 6th April employers will be liable to pay National Insurance Contributions… Read more »


GDPR and staff data: the final countdown

With just four months to go before the General Data Protection Regulation comes into force, Sybille Steiner, an employment partner at Irwin Mitchell, outlines what HR departments need to do: 1. Data audit Businesses should carry out a data audit to identify areas where action needs to be taken to ensure compliance with the General… Read more »

Posted 31-Jan-2018

GDPR Fact Sheet

The General Data Protection Regulation is the new governing legislation for collecting and storing personal data in the EU. REGARDLESS of the decision to leave the EU, the GDPR will be coming into force on 25 May 2018 for all businesses and is the biggest change to data protection regulation in a generation. How prepared… Read more »

Posted 23-Oct-2017

GDPR: Key things

General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation 2016/679) The new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) will take effect on 25 May 2018 and will be applicable in all Member States. It consists of an extensive overhaul of data protection law and will ultimately produce a single set of data protection rules for the entire EU. All organisations… Read more »

Posted 06-Oct-2017

The Apprenticeship Levy

The Apprenticeship Levy which came into force on 6th April 2017 having been announced by the Chancellor in the summer of 2015 budget statement. It was a response to an apparent reduction in the rate at which employers invest in the training of their staff. The implementation of an apprenticeship levy aims to increase productivity… Read more »

Posted 27-Apr-2017

Brexit means holiday pay ruling ‘may never become law’

British Gas loses right to appeal in long-running commission payments case British Gas has lost its final right to appeal a ruling in the long-standing and highly significant case over commission payments in holiday pay – but employment lawyers have warned that the findings may never become part of UK legislation, thanks to the effect of… Read more »

Posted 07-Mar-2017

Ashers Bakery Court of Appeal Decision

The NICA held that the Christian owners, Mr and Mrs McArthur, of Belfast-based Asher’s Bakery had “discriminated against Gareth Lee directly on the grounds of sexual orientation contrary to the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations (NI) 2006 and on the grounds of religious and political belief contrary to the Fair Employment and Treatment (NI) Order… Read more »

Posted 28-Oct-2016

Its not EU its me….

Break ups are invariably difficult, emotional affairs and the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union is no different. In the lead up to last month’s referendum the implications for employment rights should the UK remain or exit were at the forefront of both side’s campaigns. On one side the remain camp argued that employees… Read more »

Posted 18-Jul-2016

Gender Pay Gap Reporting

Gender Pay Gap Reporting will apply to private and voluntary sector employees in England, Wales and Scotland with at least 250 employees. Please note there is no application in NI at present. A database of complying employers will be built up as employers link their published information to a government sponsored website, with examples of… Read more »

Posted 18-Apr-2016