Bulletin: Legal & Compliance – Binding Corporate Rules: a brave new world for data processors?

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On 28th January 2015, the U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) has cleared binding corporate rules (“BCRs”) in respect to First Data Corp., a global electronic commerce and payment card processing company.  This is the first time the ICO has authorised BCRs for a data processor and the UK is only the third member state to […]

Bulletin: Legal & Compliance – Singapore: how to notify individuals of the purposes of collection, use and disclosure of personal data

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Since the Personal Data Protection Act 2012 (“PDPA”) came into force the principle of “notification” of individuals has been enshrined in the law.  However, the PDPA remained silent on how an organisation should achieve compliance. On September 11 2014 the Personal Data Protection Commission (“PDPC”) issued a “Guide to Notification” for organisations to follow in […]

To be Global, Act Local

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Driven by a number of factors, such as the economic growth, increasing globalisation and fierce competition for talent, global recruitment and talent attraction will continue to be a key focus for many employers in 2015 and beyond. Employers interested in expanding their business beyond their national borders, or to hire talent from abroad must be […]

Bulletin: Legal & Compliance – EU Data Privacy Reforms

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]