New legislation on data protection comes into force
on Wednesday 1st March 2000. The Data Protection Act 1998, whilst
not aimed solely at employers, has implications for the way
employee data is handled.
The new Act imposes more stringent conditions on
employers' use of employee data and creates a new category of
"sensitive personal data" for which greater restrictions on
processing are imposed. The most significant change in the
employment sphere is the extension of data protection legislation
to cover paper based records, meaning that for most employers,
personnel files fall within the scope of data protection
legislation for the first time. In addition, employees' rights of
access to their records have been improved under the Data
Protection Act 1998.
For more information about the implications of the
Data Protection Act 1998 from an employment perspective, please go
to LawNow and search under the employment category on the
information archive for an article on the topic.
For further advice or assistance on the new data
protection legislation please contact Simon Jeffreys or Rebecca
Barnett on 0171 367 3000.