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Preparing your business for GDPR

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On 25 May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will replace the DPA (Data Protection Act). This will not only be enforced across the UK but also across the EU, and will remain in place despite the fact that the UK is set to leave the European Union in 2019.

There will be a range of implications for the way you operate your business; not least in the way you manage your people.

How GDPR affects your SME

GDPR is a new EU law to replace the UK Data Protection Act (DPA), a tired and creaking piece of legislation from the nineties that’s no longer fit for purpose in this ever-changing digital age.

In theory, GDPR will give people more protection and control over their personal information. In practice? No one can predict that. But one thing is for sure, you must prepare if you want to avoid a fine.

It affects everybody. But employers at a small or medium-sized business more than most. Because anyone who controls, stores or processes personal information—like you do for your employees—has a raft of new responsibilities.

What can you do to prepare?

Failure to prepare for GDPR could result in a hefty penalty. The fine for non-compliance ranges up to €20 million or 4% of a company’s annual worldwide turnover, whichever is greater.

  1. Let the relevant people in your organisation know that the law is changing.
  2. Take an audit of the information you hold and who you share it with.
  3. Ensure you have the systems in place to help your business remain compliant when storing employee data.

Need more information on how to prepare? Check out this list of twelve steps you can take to get ready for GDPR.

How BrightHR can help

With BrightHR you’ll have one safe, secure and central location for all your essential employee data.

  • Unlimited storage for your employee documents including Data Protection Policies, CVs, handbooks and appraisals
  • Collect only relevant data for your employees with standard employee profiles
  • Secure user permissions to help reduce data breaches
  • Direct line to our Employment Law Advisors for any questions you have on GDPR
  • Improve your data accuracy with employees able to spot and raise any issues on their own profiles

See how BrightHR can help you with GDPR — get a free demo today.

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