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Subject access requests and what you need to know

A DSAR is a right that individuals have under the Data Protection Act 2018 to request a copy of the data that an organisation holds about them.  The individual can request to see a copy of such data, as well as ask:

  • Why the data is being processed;
  • What type of data it is;
  • The recipients of that data;
  • How long it is stored;
  • How the data has been collected; and
  • Evidence to show that the data is being appropriately safeguarded.
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7 Ways to Engage Employees during Furlough

One of the most interesting things about employee engagement is that, when things are going well, you can easily not notice it. When an organisation is struggling, that’s when it really comes alive. When you need your employees to step up and work together, your culture can really flourish. According to new research, just over half of employees strongly agree that they are well prepared to do their job considering the impact COVID-19 is having. Employees around the world seem to be adapting quite well to the ‘new normal’.

Furlough is the latest hot topic of the moment, as businesses around the world are beginning to feel the squeeze the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on the global economy.

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Onboarding new employees during Covid-19

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies have transitioned to a remote workforce. That means companies moving forward with hiring plans will most likely onboard new employees virtually. 

Certain fundamentals of onboarding should remain the same, according to Sally Stetson, principal and co-founder of executive search firm Salveson Stetson Group.

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Ramadan – Fasting, and Employment Law during Covid-19

What is Ramadan?

The month of Ramadan is the holiest month of the Islamic year. It is when the Qur’an was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Muslims around the world fast during daylight hours, meaning they do not eat, drink or engage in sexual relations for the duration of their fast. Muslims observing Ramadan also increase in spiritual devotional acts such as prayer, giving to charity and strengthening family ties.  Muslims are encouraged to share their food with friends, family and neighbours and to reach out to those who may be fasting alone, to share their Ramadan experiences.

Fasting is one of the ‘five pillars’ of Islam. A key objective of fasting is to increase in taqwa (closeness to God), and to become more aware of yourself and have a sense of gratitude, self-discipline and self- improvement, at both an individual and community level 

In 2020, Ramadan begins on the 23 April. However, Ramadan this year is very different due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Everyone is having to adapt to changing circumstances during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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