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Volunteering; How Benefits can be Leveraged in the Modern Workplace

Lucy studied Psychology at Portsmouth University and then went on to a career in Human Resources.  In the last twenty years she has spent time client side in operational Change and HR Management roles for both large and SME organisations and supplier side in HRIS Product Management, Pre Sales and Consultant roles.  She’s learned that even when she has a busy life with work and ...

Symatrix’ Account Director, Richard Dutton Raised Valuable Funds for his Local Community by Walking 100km in Six Days

Richard and nine others walked across the St Cuthbert’s Way, a whopping 100km. The six day challenge took them across the rolling hills of Kirk Yetholm and Cheviots before arriving at Lindisfarne. The team raised over £1,000 which will be split between the establishment of a new local community fund open to any groups or individuals, and covering the cost of maintaining church ...

What it's like Joining Symatrix as a Fresh Graduate

Study hard. Graduate. Celebrate. Go on holiday… Come back broke… Unless you’re one of the lucky ones, living in the hallowed land of “I know exactly what I want to be”, you’re like I was; not quite sure of what you want to do, or how you’re going to get there. I won’t lie to you, as a philosophy graduate, HR & Payroll wasn’t something I’d ever considered, and coming into i ...

Does your outsourced payroll service provide you with the perceived benefits that your company anticipated it would?

Payroll services come in many shapes and sizes and the difference between a functional and operational payroll is the way that it is implemented that determines the range of services your payroll team is able to offer to the business. Whether payroll is outsourced or run in-house the set-up will influence whether you can deliver a positive and proactive service, or remain in th ...

General Data Protection Regulation: Data Breach Reporting

In the new GDPR you will be required to be able to report on a data breach. In this blog we will look at what is a data breach and what to do if you have one. A Data Breach: No matter how good the governance, controls and discipline are around data protection, data breaches of some type will occur but what can be defined as a data breach? A data breach is an incident where se ...

GDPR: What Does Consent Mean?

In the world of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) our “consent” will be a major focus and understanding what is meant by consent will be important for all of us as individuals and for the organisations that we work for and connected with. So what Does Consent Mean? The Oxford English Dictionary defines consent as: Noun: Permission for something to happen or agreement t ...

GDPR: What Rights Do Individuals Have?

So this is the one that matters to all of us. Under the new legislation, businesses must provide a lawful basis before they can process personal data, and this in turn affects an individual’s rights. This is not painful but it is important for companies to consider how these rights will impact their HR data and how they go about obtaining consent to retain and process this data ...

GDPR: What to Consider When Communicating Privacy Information

The need for consent underpins the GDPR. Individuals must opt-in whenever data is collected and there must be clear privacy notices. These notices must be concise and transparent and consent must be able to be withdrawn at any time. The first principle of data protection is that personal data must be processed fairly and lawfully and for the processing to be fair. The data con ...

What HR Information Must You Hold and for How Long for GDPR Compliance?

In the second of a series of blogs on the GDPR Ben considers what HR information you must hold and for how long. From an HR perspective, the GDPR provisions raise very significant considerations for global employers. For a multinational employer, detailed understanding of global data flows will become increasingly key. This is especially critical where a centralised storage an ...

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  Plenty of people are talking about it, others thinking about it and the rest are in peaceful oblivion to the fact it’s fast approaching.  Do we really understand how this is going to affect HR and the sensitive data we all hold on our employees? Over the coming weeks we will be sending out a blog with the hope that this will stimu ...

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