March 2018: HR Brief Bites for Busy Business Owners

Welcome to the March edition of HR Brief Bites for Busy Business Owners.

In this month’s edition we are looking at the new statutory rates of pay, the impending GDPR and what this means for your contracts of employment and some reflections on how you should respond when staff can’t get to work due to bad weather.

For more information or help on anything I talk about in this newsletter please contact me on 07899 665506.

Statutory rates of pay will increase in April, so here is a handy guide to remind you what you need to pay your staff from next month.

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General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) – why you need to review your contracts of employment

I’m sure it has not escaped your attention that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May this year. This piece of legislation has significant implications for the way that businesses process personal data about their clients and staff. In particular, you will not be able to reply on the consent clauses in your contracts of employment. Instead you will need to create what is known as a “Privacy Statement”.

The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has a wealth of information for businesses about how to prepare for GDPR here.

If you are still not sure about where to start then have a look at the practical workshops run by Conformitas and Associates. You will come away from a workshop having started and, depending on the complexity of your business, maybe even have completed:

  • An analysis of the flow of personal data in to, within and out of your business.
  • A register of the data that your business holds about your employees, prospects and customers and why you hold it.
  • The information you require for Privacy Notices specific to your company.
  • An analysis of the high-risk business processes that involve personal data.
  • An action plan of items you need to work on back in your business

Every month we highlight some guidance which business owners need to be aware of. This month we are looking at:

How to… respond when staff can’t get to work due to bad weather

Hopefully, the recent spate of bad weather is now behind us and Spring is just around the corner (or is that just wishful thinking?) However, the impact of the bad weather on the ability of your staff to get to work has made some employers realise that they have no clear guidance for staff in these situations. So now, before the next spate of bad weather comes, is a good time to check that your bad weather policy is in place and that all your staff know what you expect from them.

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If you found this newsletter helpful or for more information on anything I’ve talked about in this newsletter please contact me on 07899 665506 or visit our website.

Best wishes

Tracy Madgwick

Crafnant Consulting – HR solutions for your business