Data Privacy Laws That Every HR Professional Should Know
More than sixty countries worldwide have either proposed or already enacted a postmodern data protection law in one form or the other to date to deal with such highly sensitive data breaches. Even the Supreme Court of India delivered a verdict in 2017 highlighting the right to privacy as an extension of the fundamental right to life and personal liberty.
Employee medical records are covered by another complex set of legal obligations that require appropriate compliance practices and controls over sensitive personal data related to employees’ health conditions. Compartmentalization of different categories of employee personal data is an essential part of HR Privacy Practices. Keeping separate records is considered best practice in an ongoing workplace investigation that escalates to a legal court battle. If deemed discoverable, distinctly classified employee records can save from accidentally revealing unrelated confidential details during this legal process.
Workplace issues have become a public concern, pushing companies to hybrid inquiry and resolution methods to protect their interests while still handling employee complaints sincerely and sensitively. Internal departments consult with third-party HR professional organizations to provide outside counselling for workers in workplace conflicts. Internal HR keeps serving the company’s best interests, while external HR provides a judgment-free outlet for employees to share confidential information. Such thoughtful employee benefits enhance confidence and faith in the investigative process by promoting impartiality and confidentiality.
A significant part of HR compliance and decision-making relies on collecting employee information, even for non-data-driven decisions. With the rising trend of data privacy laws, businesses need to be more aware of how personal data is handled efficiently and how strict data protection law enforcement can impact your company. Currently, Sections 43A and 72A of Indian I.T.Act, 2000 are providing legal remedies to privacy violations in India. Hoping for the stringent Indian data protection laws soon.
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