What rights does an employee have under the Data Protection Act 1998 in relation to his or her personal file?

Employees have the right to be informed if personal data is being held about them, and the purpose for which the information is being held. They also have the right to gain access to the file on request. An employer has 40 days to respond to a request for access. An employer need not comply with a request for access if doing so would involve disclosing information relating to another identifiable individual, unless that individual has consented or it is reasonable to provide the information without his or her consent.