Summer Newsletter 2022

Employment in the eye of the storm: Our latest newsletter brings you news and views from our HR experts on:

  • Rail Strikes
  • Exclusivity Contracts
  • Summer Q and A’s
  • PPE Regulation Updates
  • Stress Awareness
  • Updates to statutory rates
  • Recent cases of interest

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Mental Health in the Workplace

Focus on Mental Health in the Workplace

Around one in four – that’s 25% of workers in the UK, will suffer from poor mental health at some point in their working life. What can employers do? Our resources below outline some of the issues and steps that can be taken to help you approach mental health in your workplace.


Blog: What’s on your employees’s mind 

Blog: Employment Matters February 2019

Article: Mental Health in the Workplace

Table: Approaching a sensitive conversation regarding mental ill health

Policy: Download a sample Mental-Health-Policy-Template

Data Protection and GDPR

A number of clients have enquired about the forthcoming changes for Data Protection due in May 2018. As organisations use data in very different ways and it would be impossible to answer all the questions that may arise on this topic. We have however pulled together some relevant elements from an employer’s perspective and also signposted the guidance that is been offered by the Information Commissioners Office, the enforcement body for this area.

We hope this is helpful for you as your organisation prepares for the changes.

Rob Bryan


RBA Data Protection and GDPR Summary

RBA Sample Data Protection Policy

Data Protection Handbook Wording 2019

Revised paragraph for Main Statement of Terms and Conditions of Employment

Retention of records table

Monitoring Policy

Confidentiality Agreement

HR Data Audit Form

Employee Privacy Notice

Job Applicant Privacy Notice


ICO website for organisations: 

ICO ’12 steps’ guidance:



Changes to Data Protection rules

Are you prepared for the 2018 changes to data protection rules?

Although the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force nine months before the UK is scheduled to leave the EU, UK organisations will have to abide by the new rules at least while the UK remains in the EU, and more than likely thereafter.

The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has produced a 12-step guide to assist employers in preparing for the new rules and this can be downloaded via the following link:

The ICO’s short guide to the employment practices code is also a useful document for small businesses and provides more general information about gathering and maintaining employment records. It covers:

  • What the Data Protection Act means to an employer
  • Recruitment and selection
  • Employment records
  • Monitoring at work
  • Information about workers’ health
  • What rights do workers have?

This further guide can be downloaded via the following link:


Focus on Maternity

Workplace Maternity Discrimination

The Citizens Advice Bureau reports that it has seen a 58% increase in the number of maternity leave queries in the last two years. Below are some of the pregnancy and maternity discrimination issues to be aware of and some claims that commonly come before employment tribunals.

See the full article

For our Frequently Asked Questions on Maternity see the link here FAQ Maternity