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Latest updates from Technical Terms

Paternity and maternity leave – furlough update

Paternity and maternity leave – furlough update

HM Treasury has revealed that people on paternity and maternity leave who return to work in the coming months will be eligible for the government’s furlough scheme even after the 10 June 2020 cut-off date.

According to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak: ‘When I announced these changes to the furlough scheme last month, I was clear that we wanted to do this in a fair way, that supports people back to work as the country begins to re-open following coronavirus. But for parents returning from leave, their circumstances has [sic] meant that they are still in need of support, and I’m pleased that they will be able to receive the financial assistance they and their family will need.’

You can read the guidance here.

Business use of personal data

Business use of personal data

As lockdown restrictions start to ease and businesses begin to reopen, the Information Commissioner’s Office has set out the key steps organisations need to take around the use of personal data.

Businesses must now be even more responsible with people’s personal data and ensure it is handled with care.

You can find details of the key steps here.

Employment rights for domestic abuse survivors

Employment rights for domestic abuse survivors

The Government has launched a review of employment rights for survivors of domestic abuse to determine what actions can be taken to help these individuals in the workplace.

The review forms part of the Government’s wider approach to combat domestic abuse and seeks views on the availability of flexible working and unplanned leave for domestic abuse survivors. The review will also consider how employers can tackle economic abuse.

The review can be downloaded here. The deadline for written submissions is 9 September 2020. 

Guidance on homeworking

Guidance on homeworking

The Information Commissioner’s Office has published guidance on homeworking to help organisations understand the security risks and the measures they should implement to mitigate them.


This includes an IT security checklist, best practices on when using conference apps and programmes, and things to be aware when using your own or company issued devices.


The guidance is available here.

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