GDPR spells legal concern for HR bosses
Employment lawyers are eagerly awaiting the enactment of a Bill which should bring some clarity into the increasingly fraught area of data protection rights in the workplace.
It is just one of a series of concerns weighing on them in a legal environment which, if anything, becomes more — not less — challenging given rapid changes in the economy and the increasing levels of awareness and assertiveness among employees in a tightening labour market.
The Data Protection Bill has not come out of nowhere. A new EU enforcement regime known as the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, takes effect on May 25.
There has been something of a blizzard of publicity surrounding GDPR, yet clarity about its impact is lacking.
The Bill was published in February. It was due to be on the statute books by now but is still trundling through the Oireachtas.
Regardless of what happens with the Bill, major changes in this area are on the way.