Bulletin: Legal & Compliance – EU Data Privacy Reforms

Posted · Add Comment

EU Data Privacy Reforms:  the road to reform, are we nearly there yet? Whilst officially aiming for an end of 2015 implementation date, a recent paper by German Green lawmaker Jan Philipp Albrecht hints that this date may slip to 2016. Albrecht notes that progress is being slowed by an apparent stalemate amongst EU Member […]

How to fire an employee

Posted · Add Comment

Firing someone can be a harrowing process and with ever-present distraction of costly tribunal action it’s imperative a business is both firm and fair. It is the hardest conversation an employer can have with an employee, but contrary to a common misconception, it is perfectly possible to fire somebody legally, so long as you obey […]

Changes to Data Transfer Agreements – Legal Update

Posted · Add Comment

One of the ways European companies have until now shared personal data with the US has been called into question by a new ruling. The Court of Justice of the European Union has declared the much-used Safe Harbor framework is not a valid way to legitimately transfer personal data between the two continents. The impact […]

Festive cheer for employment markets

Posted · Add Comment

There are definitely reasons to be cheerful as we enter the festive period. The Office of National Statistics reported UK employment continuing to rise and unemployment continuing to fall in Q3 2014, maintaining the general direction of movement since early 2012. Similar trends were reported by the KPMG REC Report on Jobs showing that permanent […]

Best practices and practical solutions to the global background check conundrum

Posted · Add Comment

In a 2012 KPMG survey, 75% of American executives said they were expanding globally and 70% explicitly stated that they planned to expand their international employee base. For such multinationals, the dynamic and global workforce offers a unique opportunity to hire high-caliber talent. However, for the recruiters who must source global candidates, the myriad of […]

FCA bans £43,000 fare dodger from working in financial services

Posted · Add Comment

Following the Financial Conduct Authority investigation earlier this year, a former City executive has now been banned for life by the FCA from taking any senior role in the financial services industry. The FCA’s action against Burrows is a sign of how personal integrity is now seen as crucial as the financial sector seeks to restore its reputation. […]

How will the proposed UK Financial Regulation changes impact recruitment and monitoring of staff?

Posted · Add Comment

The recent Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standard’s (PCBS) review of the UK banking sector, made a number of recommendations for changes to the regulatory structure. The FCA and PRA then published their proposed changes, the consultation for which closed on 31st October 2014. On the 17th November 2014, the PCBS responded to the proposals, requesting […]

Risking a criminal record for misusing confidential information

Posted · Add Comment

Employers should ensure employees know the consequences of pilfering sensitive data Employers will always be concerned about employees removing their confidential information, such as client lists or business plans, by using personal email accounts, memory sticks or old fashioned photocopying. Firewalls, password protection and computer use policies can only take an employer so far in […]

Background screening discrepancy rates at highest point since Q3 2013 (infographic)

Posted · Add Comment

Overall, discrepancy rates in background screening have risen steadily throughout 2014, with more than half of the screenings undertaken by HireRight in EMEA and APAC between July and September containing a lie or inaccuracy. This rate is at its highest point for over a year (Q3 2013).     HireRightHireRight is here to help guide you through […]

Facebook remarks that justify a dismissal

Posted · Add Comment

Factors to consider in social media misconduct cases Social media can present issues for employers that they cannot ignore. They need to know what action they can take against employees who commit social media-related misconduct either in the course of their work or in their personal life. Such misconduct can take many forms, from employees […]