East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service
Employee Privacy Notice
East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service (ESFRS) collects and processes personal data relating to its employees to manage the employment relationship. ESFRS is committed to being transparent about how it collects and uses that data and to meeting its data protection obligations.
What information does ESFRS collect?
ESFRS collects and processes a range of information about you. This includes:
ESFRS collects this information in a variety of ways. For example, data is collected through application forms, CVs; obtained from your passport or other identity documents such as your driving licence; from forms completed by you at the start of or during employment (such as benefit nomination forms); from correspondence with you; or through interviews, meetings or other assessments.
In some cases, ESFRS collects personal data about you from third parties, such as references supplied by former employers, information from employment background check providers, information from credit reference agencies and information from criminal records checks permitted by law.
Data is stored in a range of different places, including in your personnel file, in the organisation's HR management systems and in other IT systems (including the organisation's email system).
Why does ESFRS process personal data?
ESFRS needs to process data to enter into an employment contract with you and to meet its obligations under your employment contract. For example, it needs to process your data to provide you with an employment contract, to pay you in accordance with your employment contract and to administer benefit, pension and insurance entitlements.
In some cases, ESFRS needs to process data to ensure that it is complying with its legal obligations. For example, it is required to check an employee's entitlement to work in the UK, to deduct tax, to comply with health and safety laws and to enable employees to take periods of leave to which they are entitled. For certain positions, it is necessary to carry out criminal records checks to ensure that individuals are permitted to undertake the role in question.
In other cases, ESFRS has a legitimate interest in processing personal data before, during and after the end of the employment relationship. Processing employee data allows the organisation to:
Where ESFRS relies on legitimate interests as a reason for processing data, it has considered whether or not those interests are overridden by the rights and freedoms of employees or workers and has concluded that they are not.
Some special categories of personal data, such as information about health or medical conditions, is processed to carry out employment law obligations (such as those in relation to employees with disabilities and for health and safety purposes). Information about trade union membership is processed to allow the organisation to operate check-off for union subscriptions.
Where ESFRS processes other special categories of personal data, such as information about ethnic origin, sexual orientation, health or religion or belief, this is done for the purposes of equal opportunities monitoring. Data that the organisation uses for these purposes is anonymised or is collected with the express consent of employees, which can be withdrawn at any time. Employees are entirely free to decide whether or not to provide such data and there are no consequences of failing to do so.
Who has access to data?
Your information will be shared internally, including with members of the HR and recruitment team (including payroll), Occupational Health clinicians and administration staff if access to your data is necessary for the performance of their roles if you are ever referred to the Occupational Health team, your line manager, managers in the business area in which you work and IT staff if access to the data is necessary for performance of their roles.
ESFRS shares your data with third parties in order to obtain pre-employment references from other employers, obtain employment background checks from third-party providers and obtain necessary criminal records checks from the Disclosure and Barring Service.
ESFRS also shares your data with third parties that process data on its behalf, in connection with payroll, the provision of benefits and the provision of occupational health services.
ESFRS will not transfer your data to countries outside the European Economic Area.
How does ESFRS protect data?
ESFRS takes the security of your data seriously with internal policies and controls in place to try to ensure that your data is not lost, accidentally destroyed, misused or disclosed, and is not accessed except by its employees in the performance of their duties.
Where ESFRS engages third parties to process personal data on its behalf, they do so on the basis of written instructions, are under a duty of confidentiality and are obliged to implement appropriate technical and organisational measures to ensure the security of data.
For how long does ESFRS keep data?
ESFRS will hold your personal data for the duration of your employment. The periods for which your data is held after the end of employment are set out in policy and available on the intranet.
As a data subject, you have a number of rights. You can:
If you would like to exercise any of these rights, please contact your HR department. You can make a subject access request by completing the organisation's form for making a subject access request.
If you believe that the organisation has not complied with your data protection rights, you can complain to the Information Commissioner.
What if you do not provide personal data?
You have some obligations under your employment contract to provide ESFRS with data. In particular, you are required to report absences from work and may be required to provide information about disciplinary or other matters under the implied duty of good faith. You may also have to provide ESFRS with data in order to exercise your statutory rights, such as in relation to statutory leave entitlements. Failing to provide the data may mean that you are unable to exercise your statutory rights.
Certain information, such as contact details, your right to work in the UK and payment details, have to be provided to enable ESFRS to enter a contract of employment with you. If you do not provide other information, this will hinder the ESFRS's ability to administer the rights and obligations arising as a result of the employment relationship efficiently.
Employment decisions are not based solely on automated decision-making.