This webinar, featuring employment lawyer, Marian Bloodworth, and HR consultant, Hillary Shack, explains which aspects of HR work should be top of the list when checking for compliance with the GDPR, in force from 25 May 2018, and suggests what actions to take now.

Organisations are facing a root and branch overhaul of data protection rules when the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) takes effect on 25 May 2018. This EU-wide regulation will form the backbone of a new UK Data Protection Act 2018, and marks a fresh approach to data subjects’ privacy in a digital age. But what does it mean for HR?

In this webcast, employment law expert Marian Bloodworth, and HR consultant, Hilary Shack, focus on those aspects of HR work that will need attention first, including:

  • making sure HR has a voice on the organisation-wide GDPR project team
  • selecting the right data protection officer
  • moving away from consent as the default legal basis for processing employees’ data and, where consent is relied on, ensuring it meets the new requirements
  • identifying lawful grounds for processing employee data
  • communicating the new rules using a data privacy statement, outlining the data protection obligations for both employer and employee
  • updating existing data protection policies
  • setting up new procedures to deal with Subject Access Requests (SARs)
  • checking recruitment profiling and screening arrangements meet the new rules.
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Marian Bloodworth and Hillary Shack explain which aspects of HR work should be top of the list when checking for compliance with the GDPR.

Marian Bloodworth

Marian Bloodworth, Partner, Kemp Little

Marian is an employment lawyer with city law firm, Kemp Little. Her advisory work for her financial services clients ranges from the employment law implications of the new regulatory regimes, to more general, day-to-day matters, such as disciplinary and grievance issues, diversity and equality, redundancy and restructuring programmes, senior executive contracts, severance arrangements and team moves.

Marian is an active participant in employment and HR associations, and is chair of the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA) training committee and a member of ELA's management committee. She is a member of the Advisory Board of Women in Banking in Finance (the industry network for women in financial services), co-chair of the City HR Consultation, Legislation and Policy Committee, and also of the City HR taskforce set up to help members manage implementation of the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR). She has a particular interest in family leave, diversity and equal opportunities, and writes and speaks regularly on these topics.


Hilary Shack

Hilary Shack, Kenninghall Consultants

Hilary is an independent practitioner, specialising in bringing about regulatory change. She has over 30 years’ experience working at executive director level in financial services, including regulatory bodies and investment banks, and in wealth management in multiple locations, including London and New York.

Originally a technology developer at the Bank of England, Hilary has been involved in the SMCR since its beginning and is now fully involved in its next phase, the extension to all firms regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Her in-depth, hands-on, practical knowledge of the regime has included implementing it at an investment bank, and most recently, she has been an HR consultant for regulations at a wealth management private bank, handling the implementation of the SMCR and the GDPR.

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