Hello and welcome back to your monthly employment law newsletter, coming a day earlier than usual due to tomorrow being Good Friday. We hope you all have a wonderful Easter!

As many of you will be aware, the General Data Protection Regulation 2018 (GDPR) will come into force on 25th May 2018. Unlike the Data Protection Act 1998, the new Regulations have stricter rules on what personal data is, how it is processed and data subjects rights to consent and access their data.

Breaches of the GDPR could result in fines of up to €20m or 4% of turnover together with damages for the victims of a data breach. As the recent Morrison’s case showed, where a vindictive employee uploaded staff bank and NI info to the dark web following being given a warning, the Courts will not allow employers to pass the buck of liability solely to the individual – even if the individual has gone completely rogue – and this could result in costly awards being made against employers.

To help employers prepare we have launched an e-learning course aimed at managers and supervisors who handle personal and sensitive personal data about their staff, including medical records, and personnel issues. As a reader of our updates you qualify for a discount. Simply visit our GDPR Training site and input the discount code pjhlawclient when checking out. YOU WILL RECEIVE A 80% DISCOUNT IF YOU USE YOUR DISCOUNT CODE BEFORE 6 APRIL2018. Training of staff is one of the suggested actions to show compliance.

We are also offering face-to-face training and anyone who wishes to know more should contact us.

Last month’s update had features on all the employment law changes coming into force next month, including Tribunal Award limits, the new NMW rates and itemised payslips. Meanwhile, last week’s case law update had cases on bumping during redundancy and rest breaks.