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The General Data Protection Regulation

Data privacy laws are about to undergo massive change, due to the upcoming GDPR. This will have a huge impact on payroll and HR teams, and preparation should begin now if compliance is to be assured for the starting date of the regulations, 25 May 2018.

Meeting these obligations will require a fundamental review of, and changes to, payroll and HR data and processes.

Minimising the data held, ensuring employee consent under the new laws, implementing new processes such as data impact assessments, documenting compliance, and ensuring you can recognise and report payroll and HR data breaches in 72 hours are just some of the things you will need to do.

The new rules are also very likely to require contract changes with your employees.

If you share HR or payroll data with any third parties (such as payroll bureaux, IT outsourcers, BPO outsourcers etc.), the contractual basis under which you do so is also very likely to need to change. You will need to review their GDPR position, linking them in with yours and ensuring the entire process meets the new regulations. 

Whatever the outcome of the Brexit negotiations the GDPR will be implemented and companies will have to remain compliant.

Getting it wrong will be a bigger issue than ever, with possible fines up to 4% of a company’s sales or €20 million, whichever is greater.

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Learn Payroll With Face 2 Face Training



Learn Payroll With Face 2 Face Training

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Learn Payroll With Face 2 Face Training



Learn Payroll With Face 2 Face Training

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Learn Payroll With Face 2 Face Training



This course is suitable for anyone who deals with data in payroll or HR and anyone who is responsible for managing data policies.

Anyone who is responsible for, reviews and documents what payroll data is held, whether the company has permission to hold it, where it goes, how employees access it, and how payroll and HR data breaches will be spotted and reported should attend the course.

The new regulations will require significant preparatory work and all companies now need to understand the effects of the GDPR and the rules and obligations that will require compliance, along with the controls that will need to be in place.

The course will take you through everything you need to build a fully compliant GDPR programme and process for your payroll and HR teams.

  • An understanding of the history and reasons for the regulation
  • What are the twelve new principles?
  • How does the GDPR define company’s processes and data elements
  • Changes to processing employee data and what’s required on a legal basis for processing data under the GDPR.
  • Current risks and failures
  • Employer steps to compliance including internal, employee and provider contracts
  • The increased obligations under the GDPR to provide information to employees and job applicants about the processing of their personal data.
  • Working with your Data Protection Officer and other areas of the business
  • The new rules around transferring data internationally
  • Managing data where your staff are in different countries
  • Understanding profiling and its restrictions
  • Understanding “consent” and how its obtained
  • The right to be forgotten and other employee rights around data
  • Data Portability
  • New record-keeping obligations for employers and dealing with complaints
  • The Privacy Impact Assessment
  • Notification and Reporting requirements
  • Understand the potential exposure to fines and other sanctions under the GDPR
  • Auditing existing data processing activities across the organisation's employment journey to identify risk.
  • Creating an implementation / action plan for May 2018

"I have always found the Learn Centre to be helpful and supportive of not only mine but the team's payroll training needs. The blended learning approach works well for me and I would not hesitate to recommend them as a Payroll training specialist provider not only for online delivery (e-learning) but also face 2 face and in-house. The Payroll Professionals Conference is also a great networking opportunity."

Kresh Veerasamy - Payroll Manager at Cancer Research UK

"Cintra HR & Payroll Services has a long standing relationship with The Learn Centre – they are an absolutely integral part of the payroll community. Their training courses and annual conference are a must for all payroll professionals and not just for up to the minute technical topics: their training really puts payroll and payroll issues into context, taking into account commercial, economic and political influences."

Carsten Staehr - CEO at Cintra HR & Payroll Services

"When setting up a Shared Service Centre, The Learn Centre played a key role in our award winning Payroll Academy, delivering a blended learning experience combining both classroom based training and an e-learning solution. The course delivery, the training materials and overall learning experience was excellent."

Michael Stevenson - Payroll Manager at Queen's University Belfast

"I have attended many of The Learn Centre’s training courses in recent years. They are always of the highest professional standard and deliver updates on complicated HR and Payroll legislation, but in an easy to understand format. I would gladly recommend The Learn Centre to any potential client who is looking for HR & Payroll training courses, bespoke in-house training or expert advice."

Michael Stevenson - Payroll Manager at Queen's University Belfast

"My team always attends the annual Payroll and HR Update course. Essential information covering often complex legislative changes, always presented by excellent trainers with in depth knowledge of their subject. A 'must attend' course for any serious payroll professional."

Deon Piovesan - Finance and Payroll Manager at Westminster Kingsway College

"I've booked the HR and Payroll Update course most years and during roles with at least 3 different employers. One thing remains the same; a course that is relevant, well delivered and enjoyable and that is key when trying to retain the many pieces of legislation changes to which payroll professionals are exposed."

Tracey Hinton - Payroll Manager at Wilson James Limited

"I have used The Learn Centre on a number of occasions and have found it provides a great platform to gain the knowledge required to carry out my job. I started off with the Payroll Technician course and this in-depth learning gave me a great foundation of payroll knowledge to build upon and give me the confidence to progress up the career ladder, well worth it and would certainly recommend, no matter what level you are at there will be a course/qualification that can help you."

Ayman Zagloul - Assistant Payroll Supervisor at Queen's University Belfast

"Payroll may not be the most exciting of topic for some but The Learn Centre really bring it to life - the brilliant networking opportunities with fellow professionals is an added bonus. They cover an amazing range of topics too – if you need to upskill, then The Learn Centre is the organisation to help you do it."

Carsten Staehr - CEO at Cintra HR & Payroll Services

"I have chosen The Learn Centre both for my own knowledge base and in-house training courses for my teams for many years. I have always been extremely impressed with the content of the courses, people engagement and the positive feedback from my staff."

Ann Chesher - Payroll Consultant at Essex County Fire and Rescue Service