How to Deal with a Data Access Request from an Employee

Posted in : Templates and Checklists ROI on 8 September 2015
Linda Hynes
Lewis Silkin
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The Data Protection acts allow an employee to seek access to any personal data held on them by their employer. Data access requests are an extremely common way for an employee to try and get more information when considering whether to take a claim against their employer. They are really time consuming for an employer and can sometimes be a nuisance tactic by a disgruntled employee.

Leman Solicitors’ checklist could be used to help employers when drafting a policy or training team members on how to deal with an access request. It should also be considered every time an access request is received. It also sets out some guidelines on when data can be withheld from an employee.

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This article is correct at 08/09/2015

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Linda Hynes
Lewis Silkin

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