Since 1998, the European Union has imposed particularly tough data protection laws that have no counterpart under U.S. law. Now the EU is upping the ante, transitioning from its current EU data protection “directive” to a much broader and tougher “General Data Protection Regulation” (GDPR) that comes into force in May 2018. Maximum fines for data law violations under the new GDPR will mushroom to a percentage of an employer’s revenues.
EU data protection law and the GDPR are not employment laws, but they reach every piece of HR data about identifiable European employees, even routine information like payroll, attendance records and staff emails. And EU data protection law is particularly tough on HR data “exported” to a U.S. corporate headquarters, such as on a global HRI System. This session offers a comprehensive analysis for multinationals’ U.S. headquarters of how to comply with EU data protection laws. Upon completion of this webinar, you will be able to:
- Describe how EU data protection law regulates HR data domestically in Europe
- Analyze the extra layer of EU data law regulation on “exports” of HR data to the U.S. or onto a cloud-based HRI System
- Recognize special HR data legal challenges (like “sensitive” HR data, whistleblower hotlines and HR data breaches)
- Define the incoming GDPR and what it will change
- Assess data protection laws in Asia, Latin America and beyond
- Identify best practices for compliance