Do you know how the GDPR applies to disciplinary and grievance investigations?
Disciplinary and grievance procedures inevitably involve employees and their personal data, as well as potentially those of third parties such as customers or clients. How that data is dealt with can often be a headache for HR managers particularly in relation to ensuring it is dealt with in a GDPR compliant way. Complying with the GDPR when undertaking an internal investigation requires careful consideration and planning from the investigation team, in circumstances where getting it wrong could result in hefty fines.
Employment Law specialist, Noele McClelland and Data Protection specialist, Loretta Maxfiled hosted a short webinar in which Loretta and Noele discussed the implications of gathering employee evidence, conducting compliant investigations and grievances and reporting the outcome.
Topics covered included:
- Types of information gathered and conducting investigations meetings
- Confidentiality and its limits.
- Use in further proceedings.
- Data protection implications of gathering evidence via monitoring employee communications and use of IT equipment.
- Conducting investigations and grievances in compliance with UK GDPR data protection principles
- Liaising with third parties involved in investigation and grievance e.g. HR service providers
- Reporting outcome of investigations and grievances to those involved.
If you have questions about handling disciplinary and grievance investigations, please contact Noele or any member of the employment team on 03330 430350. Alternatively if you have any questions about GDPR and employee data please contact Loretta on 03330 430350.
Broadcast: 18 May 2021. The content in this webinar, guidance and advice provided by the host, is correct at the time of broadcast. If you are watching a recording after the broadcast date please contact us for the most up to date guidance and advice on this topic.