HR and GDPR – Is your business ready?
Currently all UK based employers, and of course companies are subject to the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998. However, as from 25th May 2018 this will be superseded by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
The impact of GDPR has implications for all areas of a business or organisation. In concise format this new legislation is a development within the data protection world rather than just employment law.
In many organisations the issue of GDPR compliance may have been dealt with outside of the HR department. If your business is not yet GDPR compliant from a HR viewpoint you need to take action immediately, and Atom HR can help.
The impact of GDPR from a HR perspective will have implications within the following areas;
- The keeping of records for employees both past and present.
- Ensure all HR documentation is GDPR compliant including contracts and Data Protection Policies.
- Relationships with third parties such as recruitment consultants, occupational health providers and solicitors.
- Dealing with requests for copies of information retained about individuals.
GDPR is a piece of complex and confusing legislation which will be policed by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). GDPR is originally European legislation, and is based on the original Data Protection Directive. Unfortunately, Brexit will have no impact with GDPR with the content of the legislation being absorbed into a new Data Protection Act after the Brexit process has been completed.
If you need any assistance with contract amendments and most importantly a new GDPR compliant Data Protection Policy please contact us at Atom HR.