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News in brief October 2017

Tattoo or no tattoo, that is the question

We have discussed within these pages the issue of employer attitudes to tattoos previously but recent reports indicate that they are not only a problem for employers but clients too. A recent survey showed that 73% of the public were comfortable with a tattooed police office but only 53% with a  tattooed lawyer.

Modern Slavery - Do you know where your workers are from?

It has been suggested recently that employers are at risk of employing victims of modern slavery due to the complexity of the modern labour market. According to the report which concentrated on the food and construction sectors, current modern slavery checks are not “fit for purpose” as they fail to monitor workers throughout the “labour supply chain” including those that have been outsourced, sub-contracted or hired on a temporary basis. Statistics released by the National Crime Agency showed a 50% increase in referrals in the last three years. The Government are said to be considering what further steps may be necessary to protect victims of modern slavery and human trafficking. 

GDPR - less than 8 months to go

Those that have already started getting their organisations ready for the changes due in Data Protection law are fast realising the enormity of the task ahead. Much needs to be done but there are also many myths out there. With that in mind the Information Commissioner’s Office are publishing myth busting blogs on their website at 

Make sure you know fact from fiction before May 2018.