GDPR PRIVACY NOTICE FOR APPLICANTS
RAB Consultants take the privacy and security of your personal data very seriously.
In this privacy notice, we set out how we collect and use your personal data before, during and after your working relationship with us, in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
It applies to all of our current and former employees, workers and contractors and it does not form part of any employment contract or any other services contract with us.
We may update this notice at any time and we may provide you with additional privacy notices from time to time.
You have the right to make a complaint at any time to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the UK supervisory authority for data protection issues.
DATA PROTECTION PRINCIPLES
We will comply with data protection law including the 6 principles of GDPR which are:
- To process your personal data lawfully, fairly and in a transparent way.
- To collect your personal data only for valid purposes that we have advised you about and to not use your personal data in any way that is incompatible with those purposes (unless we have notified you and explained the lawful ground that allows us to do so).
- To only process your personal data to the extent necessary for the purposes we have advised you about.
- To keep your personal data accurate and kept up to date.
- To keep your personal data only as long as necessary for the purposes we have told you about.
- To keep your personal data secure.
PERSONAL DATA THAT WE PROCESS
Personal data means any information about an individual from which that person can be identified. It does not include anonymous data where the identity has been removed.
There are “special categories” of more sensitive personal data which require a higher level of protection such as your ethnicity and whether you are a member of a trade union.
We will collect, store, and use the following categories of personal data about you:
- Personal contact details such as name, title, addresses, telephone numbers, and personal email addresses
- Date of birth
- Marital status and dependants
- Next of kin and emergency contact information
- National Insurance number
- Bank account details, payroll records and tax status information
- Salary, annual leave, pension and benefits information
- Start date
- Location of employment or workplace
- Copy of driving licence
- Recruitment information (including copies of right to work documentation, references and other information included in a CV or cover letter or as part of the application process)
- Employment records (including job titles, work history, working hours, training records and professional memberships)
- Details of your existing and previous salary
- Performance information
- Disciplinary and grievance information
- Information about your race or ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation and political opinions
- Trade union membership
- Information about your health, including any medical condition, health and sickness records
- Information about criminal convictions and offences
HOW WE COLLECT YOUR PERSONAL DATA
We will only process your personal data if we have a lawful ground for processing such data. Most commonly, we will use your personal information in the following circumstances:
- Where we need to perform the employment contract between us or any other contract between us.
- Where we need to comply with a legal obligation.
- Where it is necessary for our legitimate interests (or those of a third party) and your interests and fundamental rights do not override those interests.
We may also use your personal data in the following situations, but these are not likely:
- Where we need to protect your interests (or someone else’s interests).
- Where it is needed in the public interest or for official purposes.
PURPOSES FOR WHICH WE PROCESS YOUR PERSONAL DATA
We will process your personal data for the following purposes:
- Making a decision about your recruitment or appointment.
- Determining the terms on which you work for us.
- Checking you are legally entitled to work in the UK.
- Paying you and, if you are an employee, deducting tax and National Insurance contributions.
- Providing certain benefits to you.
- Liaising with your pension provider.
- Administering the contract we have entered into with you.
- Business management and planning, including accounting and auditing.
- Conducting performance reviews, managing performance and determining performance requirements.
- Making decisions about salary reviews and compensation.
- Assessing qualifications for a particular job or task, including decisions about promotions.
- Gathering evidence for possible grievance or disciplinary hearings.
- Making decisions about your continued employment or engagement.
- Making arrangements for the termination of our working relationship.
- Education, training and development requirements.
- Dealing with legal disputes involving you, or other employees, workers and contractors, including accidents at work.
- Ascertaining your fitness to work.
- Managing sickness absence.
- Complying with health and safety obligations.
- To prevent fraud.
- To monitor your use of our information and communication systems to ensure compliance with our IT policies.
- To ensure network and information security, including preventing unauthorised access to our computer and electronic communications systems and preventing malicious software distribution.
- To conduct data analytics studies to review and better understand employee retention and attrition rates.
- Equal opportunities monitoring.
If you decide not to provide us with certain personal data that we have requested, we may not be able to perform contracts between us (such as paying you or providing a benefit), or we may be prevented from complying with our legal obligations (such as to ensure the health and safety of our workers).
We may from time to time use your personal data without your knowledge or consent where this is required or permitted by law.
HOW WE USE SENSITIVE DATA
”Special categories” of sensitive personal data require higher levels of protection than non-sensitive data. In order to process such sensitive data we need to have further justification. We may process special categories of personal data in the following circumstances:
- In limited circumstances, with your explicit written consent.
- Where we need to carry out our legal obligations or exercise rights in connection with employment.
- Where it is needed in the public interest, such as for equal opportunities monitoring [or in relation to our occupational pension scheme].
Occasionally, we may process sensitive personal data where it is needed in relation to legal claims or where it is needed to protect your interests (or someone else’s interests) and you are not capable of giving your consent, or where you have already made the information public.
We will use your sensitive personal data in the following ways:
- In relation to leaves of absence, which may include sickness absence or family related leaves, to comply with employment and other laws.
- In relation to your physical or mental health, or disability status, to ensure your health and safety in the workplace and to assess your fitness to work, to provide appropriate workplace adjustments, to monitor and manage sickness absence and to administer benefits.
- In relation to your race or national or ethnic origin, religious, philosophical or moral beliefs, or your sexual life or sexual orientation, to ensure meaningful equal opportunity monitoring and reporting.
- In relation to your trade union membership information to pay trade union premiums, register the status of a protected employee and to comply with employment law obligations.
We may only process data relating to criminal convictions where the law allows us to do so. This will usually be where such processing is necessary to carry out our obligations.
Rarely, we may use your personal data relating to criminal convictions where necessary in relation to legal claims, where it is necessary to protect your interests (or someone else’s interests) and you are not capable of giving your consent, or where you have already made the information public.
We do not envisage that any decisions will be taken about you using automated means, however we will notify you in writing if this position changes.
TRANSFERS TO THIRD PARTIES
We may have to share your personal data with third parties, including third-party service providers for example because it is necessary to administer the working relationship with you or where we have another legitimate interest in doing so.
Third party providers may carry out the following services: payroll, pension administration, benefits provision and administration, IT services.
We may share your personal information with other third parties, for example in the context of the possible sale or restructuring of the business. We may also need to share your personal information with a regulator or to otherwise comply with the law.
We require third parties to respect the security of your data and to treat it in accordance with the law. They must act only in accordance with our instructions and they agree to keep your personal data confidential and secure.
TRANSFERS OUTSIDE OF THE EEA
We may transfer your personal information outside the EEA. Where your personal data is transferred outside of the EEA, we will always get your permission first.
We have put in place appropriate security measures to prevent your personal information from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way, altered or disclosed. We have put in place procedures to deal with any suspected data security breach and will notify you and any applicable regulator of a suspected breach where we are legally required to do so.
We will only retain your personal information for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes we collected it for, including for the purposes of satisfying any legal, accounting, or reporting requirements.
To determine the appropriate retention period for personal data, we consider the amount, nature, and sensitivity of the personal data, the potential risk of harm from unauthorised use or disclosure of your personal data, the purposes for which we process your personal data and whether we can achieve those purposes through other means, and the applicable legal requirements.
In some circumstances we may anonymise your personal information so that it can no longer be associated with you, in which case we may use such information without further notice to you.
Once you are no longer an employee, worker or contractor of the company we will retain and securely destroy your personal information in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.
RIGHTS OF ACCESS, CORRECTION, ERASURE, AND RESTRICTION
It is important that the personal data we hold about you is accurate and up to date. Please keep us informed if your personal information changes.
Under certain circumstances, by law you have the right to:
- Request access to your personal information (commonly known as a “data subject access request”). This enables you to receive a copy of the personal information we hold about you and to check that we are lawfully processing it.
- Request correction of the personal information that we hold about you. This enables you to have any incomplete or inaccurate information we hold about you corrected.
- Request erasure of your personal information. This enables you to ask us to delete or remove personal information where there is no good reason for us continuing to process it. You also have the right to ask us to delete or remove your personal information where you have exercised your right to object to processing (see below).
- Object to processing of your personal information where we are relying on a legitimate interest (or those of a third party) and there is something about your particular situation which makes you want to object to processing on this ground. You also have the right to object where we are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes.
- Request the restriction of processing of your personal information. This enables you to ask us to suspend the processing of personal information about you, for example if you want us to establish its accuracy or the reason for processing it.
If you want to review, verify, correct or request erasure of your personal information, object to the processing of your personal data, or request that we transfer a copy of your personal information to another party, please contact the Company Secretary in writing.
You will not have to pay a fee to access your personal data or to exercise any of the other rights under data protection laws. However, we may charge a reasonable fee if your request for access is clearly unfounded or excessive. Alternatively, we may refuse to comply with the request in such circumstances.
We may need to request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity and ensure your right to access the information (or to exercise any of your other rights). This is another appropriate security measure to ensure that personal information is not disclosed to any person who has no right to receive it.