Editor's message: Data protection is at the top of the HR agenda, with the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on 25 May 2018.
The GDPR places a greater emphasis on accountability and being able to demonstrate that you have the procedures in place to protect your employees’ personal data rights. Even relatively small organisations will process a large amount of employee data, so you will need to invest some time and resources into data protection.
If you are thinking that Brexit may provide an excuse for not putting too much effort into compliance, you will need to reassess your approach. As an EU regulation, the GDPR will apply automatically in the UK from 25 May 2018, and will then be incorporated into UK law on Brexit. In any event, being able to demonstrate high data protection standards will be essential for British organisations wanting to continue to do business with the EU in the future.
Some of the key areas of data protection that HR needs to be on top of include:
The Data Protection Bill is currently going through Parliament. This will replace the Data Protection Act 1998, and will supplement the provisions of the GDPR.
Susie Munro, senior employment law editor
Updated to include reference to our latest GDPR-compliant model policies and documents and other GDPR resources.
Updated with the addition of model documents on exit interviews and separation questionnaires.
We have revised our model policies on the use of email and internet, telephone and portable electronic devices to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Our sample "bring your own device to work" (BYOD) and CCTV policies have also been updated.
We highlight the new and updated resources on XpertHR that will help with your GDPR preparation, whatever stage you are at.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to data protection.
We provide a list of model policies and documents in which the sample wording has been updated to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which is in force from 25 May 2018.