Privacy Policy

How we handle your information

  1. As an employer, Charles Henshaw & Sons Limited needs to keep and process information about our staff for normal employment purposes. The information we hold and process will be used for our management and administrative use only. We will keep and use it to enable us to run the business and manage our relationship with you effectively, lawfully and appropriately, during the recruitment process, whilst you are working for us, at the time when your employment ends and after you have left. This includes using information to enable us to comply with your employment contract, to comply with all legal requirements, pursue the legitimate interests of the company and protect our legal position in the event of legal proceedings. If you do not provide this data, we may be unable in some circumstances to comply with our obligations and we will tell you about the implications of that decision.
  2. Much of the information we hold will have been provided by you, but some may come from other internal sources, such as your departmental manager, or in some cases, external sources, such as referees or correspondence from government agencies or banks and building societies.
  3. The sort of information we hold includes your application form and references, your contract of employment and any amendments to it; correspondence with or about you, for example letters to you about pay rise or, at your request, a letter to your mortgage company confirming your salary; information needed for payroll, benefits and expenses purposes; contact and emergency contact details; records of holiday, sickness and other absence; information needed for equal opportunities monitoring policy; and records relating to your career history, such as training records, appraisals, other performance measures and, where appropriate, disciplinary and grievance records. In accordance with the Company’s procedures, disciplinary records and grievances are destroyed within the statutory time limit.
  4. You may be referred to in some company documents and records that are produced by either you or your colleagues in the course of carrying out your duties and the business of the company.
  5. Where necessary, we may keep information relating to your health, which could include reasons for absence, GP reports and notes and occupational health consultant’s reports. This information will be used in order to comply with our health and safety and occupational health obligations – to consider how your health affects your ability to do your job and whether any adjustments to your job might be appropriate. We will also need this data to administer and manage statutory and company sick pay.
  6. Where we process special categories of information relating to your racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious and philosophical beliefs, trade union membership, biometric data or sexual orientation, we will always obtain your explicit consent to these activities unless this is not required by law or the information is required to protect your health in an emergency. Where we are processing data based on your consent, you have the right to withdraw that consent at any time.
    Note – At present we do not hold any of the above information.
  7. Other than as mentioned below, we will only disclose information about you to third parties if we are legally obliged to do so or where we need to comply with our contractual duties to you, for instance, we may need to pass on certain information to our external payroll provider, pension or death in-service schemes.
  8. We may transfer information about you to other group companies for purpose connected with your employment or the management of the company’s business.
  9. Your personal data will be stored for the duration of your employment with the Company and thereafter as long as is required by Regulatory authorities.
  10. If in the future we intend to process your personal data for a purpose other than that which it was collected we will provide you with information on that purpose and any other relevant information.

Your rights

  1. Under the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and The Data Act 2018 (DPA) you have a number of rights with regard to your personal data. You have the right to request from us access to and rectification or erasure of your personal data, the right to restrict processing, object to processing as well as in certain circumstances the right to data portability.
  2. If you have provided consent for the processing of your data you have the right (in certain circumstances) to withdraw that consent at any time which will not affect the lawfulness of the processing before your consent was withdrawn.
  3. You have the right to lodge a complaint to the Information Commissioners’ Office if you believe that we have not complied with the requirements of the GDPR or DPA 18 with regard to your personal data.

Identity and contact details of controller and data protection officer

Charles Henshaw & Sons limited is the controller and processor of data for the purpose of the DPA 18 and GDPR.

If you have any concerns as to how your data is processed you can contact:

Keith Notman,
Financial Director at knotman@henshaw.uk.com


Or you can write to the above individual at:

Russell Road
Edinburgh
EH11 2LS