All four nations of the UK have faced prolonged periods of lockdown. A by-product of these unprecedented social restrictions is that applications such as Teams, Zoom, WhatsApp and WeChat have been placed at the centre of our working lives. Whilst these applications have opened the door to new ways of working and communicating, they also bring with them new challenges and risks.
Increased online communication means that employee monitoring and the collection of personal data has become easier, triggering a number of concerns about data privacy and protection of personal data. Equally, these technologies often encourage a level of informality which can blur professional boundaries and as a consequence can expose organisations (and individuals) to allegations of bullying and discrimination.
With some level of homeworking likely to be the norm across a number of industries, these issues are here to stay.
In this seminar we will focus on the key and emergent issues associated with online working and new modes of communication, as well as the steps organisations can take to minimise risks.
In particular, we will discuss:
- General trends on the impact of instant messaging and video calls on productivity
Data privacy issues:
- Monitoring employees
- Collecting employee personal data
- Potential data breaches
- The impact of online working on litigation disclosure and data subject access requests
- Blurred boundaries and employers’ liability for online discrimination and bullying
Who should attend?
- HR managers and directors
- In-house legal counsel
- CEOs and COOs
- Line managers and directors