Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update May 2020

Our Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives update this month looks at: the new measures in South Korea introducing paid emergency childcare leave to ease the burden on working parents; the Employment Adjustment Subsidy in Japan, intended to try and prevent employers from resorting to immediate redundancies; in Thailand, the new data protection rules and how … Read more

COVID-19: People: data protection update for employers (Germany)

For many employers, COVID-19 has led to the closure or the impairment of operations. However, some employers have been able to continue their operations unchanged. If the business reopens after the lockdown, all employers will be equally compelled to take measures to ensure both business continuity and employee protection. In many instances, this involves increased … Read more

UK: Supreme Court rules that Morrisons not vicariously liable for ‘rogue’ employee’s data breach

The Supreme Court has today overturned the Court of Appeal’s ruling in Morrisons Supermarkets Plc v Various Claimants. The decision re-establishes that, when determining an employer’s vicarious liability, a key focus is whether the employee was pursuing their own, rather than their employer’s, objectives when doing the wrongful act. The test for rendering an employer … Read more

UK: stricter timescale for employers to respond to subject access request

The Information Commissioner’s Office has amended its General Data Protection Regulation: Right of access guidance to apply a stricter timescale for employers (and other data controllers) to comply with a data subject access request (DSAR). Previously, if a controller asked the data subject for further information/clarification of the request, the start of the one-month time … Read more

Future of Work: Adapting to the democratised workplace

The new world of work: report warns of an unprecedented rise in workplace activism Across all sectors and geographies workers are becoming more vocal in articulating their views – about the workplace, their employer and about wider social issues – and increasingly holding organisations to account, enabled and amplified by social media. This trend is … Read more

UK: ICO announces first ‘mega fines’ for data breach under GDPR

In the last couple of days, the Information Commissioner’s Office has issued two notices of intent to impose the first ‘mega fines’ under the GDPR regime for data breaches by British Airways (for £183.39 milion) and Marriott International (for £99.2 million).  Both companies now have the chance to respond to the notices of intent, after … Read more