MHR, one of the UK’s leading providers of human capital solutions, has announced a roadshow of training workshops throughout the UK to help schools, academies and other educational establishments prepare for the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
 
The GDPR, due to come into force on 25th May 2018, is the biggest change to the management and processing of personal data since the Data Protection Act 1998.
 
With fines of up to €20million or 4% of an organisation’s global turnover, whichever is higher, in place for non-compliance, organisations can ill-afford to pay lip service to the new regulations and face a race against time to get their house in order and protect their business.
 
Research over recent months suggests that many organisations are underestimating the impact of new data protection regulation and are inadequately prepared, with some still in the dark or confused about its implications.
 
Indeed, a recent survey of Heads of HR, Payroll Managers, IT and Financial Directors carried out by MHR to determine GDPR readiness revealed that 68 per cent of respondents had not yet received any GDPR awareness training.
 
A further 53 per cent had yet to assess and appoint a Data Privacy Officer, a mandatory obligation for some companies, which could become more challenging given the predicted shortage of suitable candidates.
 
The one-day workshops, taking place in five regions across the UK throughout September and hosted by Claire Wright, Quality & Data Privacy Manager and Julie Lock, Service Development Director at MHR, will debunk the common myths surrounding GDPR and provide practical support and advice to delegates on key areas of GDPR, including the implications on HR and Payroll and the legal basis for data processing, data retention, data security and what to do in the event of a breach.
 
Chief Commercial Officer at MHR, Tim Johnson, says: “As the introduction of the GDPR draws ever nearer, the media is littered daily with lots of scaremongering articles, false statistics and contradicting information about what organisations must do to enforce compliance, resulting in widespread confusion and a general lack of awareness and understanding of its application.
 
“The aim of the workshops is to remove this confusion and provide much-needed clarity to HR and Payroll professionals so they are equipped with all the information they need to prepare for the impending regulations with confidence.”
 
The sessions will be held at the following locations and dates:
 
The cost of each session is £495 (+VAT) per person. Places are limited so book now to avoid disappointment.
 
To assist businesses with their preparations for GDPR, MHR has also launched a FREE Self-Assessment online tool, which provides a simple step-by-step checklist, answers to common questions and practical guidance on the areas organisations need to consider to ensure compliance.
 
About MHR: MHR specialises in helping organisations to embrace the operational and strategic challenges of modern business, covering talent management, HR, payroll and business analytics. Our customer community is growing by the day, meaning MHR is now helping to drive the performance of businesses employing over 6% of the UK workforce.
 
With over 30 years of experience, MHR provides entirely UK based solutions and services, injecting best practice processes into the entire employment lifecycle, from recruitment to succession planning. This enables customers to transform their business by removing administrative burdens, reducing operational costs, and retaining and developing business critical talent in line with corporate goals.
 
Customers include Cafcass, Freeths, Gateshead College, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue, Sytner, Laing O’Rourke, Nottingham City Transport, Plymouth University, Powys County Council, The Salvation Army, Swinton Group Ltd, TK MAXX, T.M.Lewin, and more.

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