Under GDPR, children benefit from all the same protections as adults in respect of their personal data. However, organisations must take particular care in respect of processing the personal data of children, a child being a person under the age of eighteen years.
To process personal data, a lawful basis under Article 6 of GDPR is required.
You must select which one of the following grounds apply:
Our Lisa Quinn O’Flaherty collaborated with e-learning company EazySAFE to provide information for employers on ensuring breastfeeding workers are protected at work. You can click below to read her article.
Breastfeeding at Work – Advice for Employers.
No employer wants to learn that one of their employees is experiencing bullying or harassment at work. Workplace bullying is a health and safety issue and employers have a duty to provide a safe place of work. The consequences of failing to so provide can be extreme; ranging from lost productivity to reputational damage to high staff turn-over to civil liability for personal injuries or constructive dismissal. Continue reading
The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 as amended provides that employers must
- Do all that is reasonably practicable to ensure the safety, health and welfare of their workers
- Manage and conduct work activities (including behaviors at work) so as to avoid a risk to their workers
- Plan and maintain a safe system of work
- Plan and maintain a safe workplace including all equipment
- Prevent known risks
- Provide personal protective equipment where it is needed
- Provide training in the relevant language
A collective redundancy arises when the employer intends to make redundant the roles of a large number of employees. This can arise where the business is shutting down or where the employer has decided to carry on with a reduced number of employees. Unfortunately, given the pandemic-related stresses on businesses, we can expect to see more collective redundancies as businesses succumb to the pressures. Continue reading
In recent months, I have noticed an increase in fees being charged for the compliance with data subject access requests, by some organisations. The purported fee is named as being to cover the cost of redaction, administration or copying, and is in many cases unlawful. Continue reading
Employers have an obligation to provide a safe place of work for all of their employees, as well as to ensure that no members of the public are endangered by their activities. When an employee breaches health and safety legislation or the health and safety policy of the company, the employer must always take this conduct seriously. Failure to do so can leave the employer open to both civil and criminal liability. Continue reading
Our Lisa Quinn O’Flaherty shared her opinion on accommodations for breastfeeding in the workplace in the Irish Times (28th October 2020). The letter can be read here.
A protected disclosure is whistleblower protection for an employee, granted under the Protected Disclosures Act 2014. It arises where an employee uncovers wrongdoing by the employer, and protects the employee from reprisals. The effect of the legislation to encourage employees to speak up when they become aware of wrongdoing. Continue reading