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By Marcus Hoy
Denmark’s parliament is due to approve a number of laws that may affect companies’ HR procedures, a Copenhagen-based attorney told Bloomberg BNA Oct. 16. Marianne Granhoj of the Kromann Reumert legal firm said that affected companies should be aware that new internal measures may be needed to ensure compliance. Of special interest, she said, was a significantly tougher sanction regime for personal data breaches.
The changes include:
Other measures previously reported by Bloomberg BNA include making permanent an existing rule under which employees who fall seriously ill continue to receive sickness benefits after their state-sponsored insurance payments would normally expire and a new vacation accrual process aimed at allowing employees to take a paid vacation during their first year of employment
The main effect of the new data protection regulation on employers, Granhoj told Bloomberg BNA, will be the risk of increased fines. While fines have so far not exceeded 25,000 kroner ($4,000) for personal data breaches, the new rules will allow fines up to 20 million euros ($23.58 million) or 4 percent of a company’s global revenue.
“The new Personal Data Regulation does not introduce significant changes to the actual requirements for processing employee personal data, but the higher level of fines means that employers now have to make sure that they meet the existing requirements,” Granhoj said. “Employers will, for example, need to introduce fixed procedures that ensure that their current and former employees’ personal data is updated and complete, not kept longer than necessary, and does not include sensitive information unless there is a particular basis for it. In addition, employers will also be subject to general updated requirements contained in the regulation, including a notification obligation for data security breaches.”
Most of the draft amendments were presented in connection with the opening of the nation’s parliament on Oct. 3, 2017.
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