In this month’s Workplace Law we discuss the fire and rehire process and what employers need to consider, we look at how to protect confidential and sensitive information through the use of restrictive covenants in employee contracts, especially during a time when the job market is booming, and we also take a look at ICO’s call for help to shape a new user-friendly resource to replace the ICO’s existing guidance on data protection and employment practices.
Fire and rehire: Best practice and how to avoid
Fire and rehire is the process of terminating an existing employment contract, usually on notice, and then offering to rehire the employee on amended terms, which are less favourable to the employee. It is also known as dismissal and re-engagement.
Restrictive covenants in employment contracts – Part one
The UK jobs market is booming and employers across many sectors are struggling to recruit the staff they need. It is probably not a coincidence that over the last year we have seen an increase in enquiries from employers regarding employee competition concerns.
ICO: Data Protection and employment practices
The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has launched a call for views on data protection and employment practices to help shape a new user-friendly resource to replace the ICO’s existing guidance on the topic. This will be “employer focused”. The update stems from concerns regarding digital surveillance of employees, particularly remote monitoring of employees working from home, and lack of guidance on this area.