So, my employers weren’t prepared for the changes on may 25th and it feels like they’ve gone a bit overboard. I’m looking for advice regarding piecework employees as it’s a tricky scenario, it seems, in the case of keeping a check on earnings.
My employer will no longer return our time sheets and their calculation of what We’ve earned to check before they release the wages into our banks. Mistakes are made often (I discovered a few years ago that they had underpaid me by £2000 over 2years) so I like to keep on top of things.
It’s important that we see our time sheets to see our average hourly rate for the new week and to enable us to work out our earnings. They are refusing to give out any of the information even to the employee it concerns. Has anyone any experience in data protection who can help me with solving this? Thanks
I can't see that sharing that information with the individual concerned would represent a data protection concern. It's your data, so clearly sharing it with you is fine. In fact if you put in a subject access request to see all data held about you, they'd have to include it.
Are they definitely saying the reason they're no longer giving you your timesheets is data protection concerns?
They’ve said that they can no longer give them to us via our supervisor -as what was done before - because she isn’t allowed to see the info. We asked if they could be sealed in an envelope so they’re private, they said no. And we’re not allowed to go to the office to find out - my guess on that is it would take too much time to get through the amount of people going each week.
We calculate our earnings from the time sheets at the end of the day and hand our time sheets into the supervisor. These get taken to the office the next morning. What we received back from the office weekly was their calculations of our earnings and our hourly average for the next week (which we need to be able to calculate our earnings if we have been “off” piecework) it is their calculations they’re no longer letting us see. So if they’ve made a mistake we can’t spot it anymore as we’ve no idea of what our average is. It’s so frustrating!!!
I’ve been thinking about doing that since flowery suggested it. I’ve just googled how to do that though, and read that the employer can demand a £10 administration fee - they most probably will because they’re like that - which puts me off a bit.
Call the ICO. Information Commissioners Office. They are the regulator for this piece of legislation. They are quite busy at the moment but will get back to you. They have been very helpful to me and I am sure will be interested to help.
Ahhh thankyou emmaflowery and greenlanes Thats great info! I will pass this onto my colleagues and submit a request in the morning. I’ll also call the ICO to see if they can come up with any suggestions I can put to my employers to fix this stupidity. Everything we’re suggesting is being met with a NO Absolutely brilliant, Thankyou again!