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Workplace data protection in the EU and UK: what do employers in Asia need to know and do?

  • 11 Jan 2017
  • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
  • The Executive Centre, Level 3, Three Pacific Place, 1 Queen's Road East, Admiralty, Hong Kong
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The HKCCA invites you to its first CPD seminar of 2017, hosted by Lewis Silkin.

Lunch Presentation

Food and drinks will be provided. One (1) Law Society of Hong Kong CPD point has been accredited. New York and California Approved Jurisdiction policy may apply.

TOPIC: Workplace data protection in the EU and UK: what do employers in Asia need to know and do?

This seminar/session will focus on practical advice on what Asian multinationals can do to protect their EU based subsidiaries in terms of data protection in the workplace.

The forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR") brings with it a new system of sanctions including the ability of EU (and UK) data protection regulators to fine companies potentially up to 4% of worldwide revenue for data breaches. This is something that needs rise up the corporate risk register and be taken seriously now.

The workplace and data protection presents very relevant risks as not only can data protection regulators criticise companies for their workplace data protection practices, employees/agency workers/freelancers are now regularly deploying data protection complaints as part of workplace disputes.

The GDPR also has a wide territorial reach so even companies without corporate structures in the EU (and UK) but who engage with individuals in the EU (and UK) still need to be aware of the potential implications of the GDPR.

Thinking about this issue now and over the next 18 months (i.e. until GDPR implementation in May 2018) could potentially save millions of £s, $s or €s in fines in the future.

The seminar will focus on:

  • Summary of the data protection regime in the EU
  • Special focus on how to effect validly extra-EEA data transfers
  • What changes will the GDPR bring in May 2018?
  • What effect does Brexit have for those companies with UK subsidiaries?
  • What practical steps should be taken now to prepare for the GDPR and mitigate any related risks?

SPEAKERS: Alexander Millner-Smith & Scott Anderson

Alexander Millner-Smith, Senior Associate, Lewis Silkin.

Alexander is a senior associate in Lewis Silkin’s Employment Reward and Immigration department. He studied Jurisprudence at Brasenose College Oxford and qualified as a solicitor in 2009. He joined Lewis Silkin on qualification having trained at American firm, K&L Gates LLP.
Alexander specialises in the privacy aspects of employment law and advises on the full range of data protection issues. This includes undertaking data protection audits and advising on, amongst other things: multi-jurisdictional employee data transfers; monitoring of employees; background checks; social media and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies; and, regulatory complaints.
Alexander also has experience of dealing with general day to day employment queries as well as assisting with drafting HR policies, employment contracts and settlement agreements. He advises on the practical implications of TUPE and on redundancy and dismissal procedures (from small redundancy exercises up to 800 person restructures). He handles all types of Employment Tribunal claims and has some experience of High Court claims as well.
He has been described by Legal 500 as an "incredibly diligent … employment law expert".

Scott Anderson, Managing Associate, Lewis Silkin.

Scott is a Managing Associate in Lewis Silkin’s Hong Kong office. He joined Lewis Silkin in 2011 from one of New Zealand’s largest law firms, and relocated to Hong Kong in 2015 to set up the firm’s APAC operations.
Scott is admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales and as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand. Scott has extensive experience in advising on cross-border employment issues, primarily across the APAC and EMEA regions.
Scott has been ranked as a foreign expert in the United Kingdom and New Zealand by Chambers and Partners’ Global Guides’ Global Guide.

Event details:

Venue: The Executive Centre, Level 3, Three Pacific Place, 1 Queen's Road East, Admiralty, Hong Kong
Date: Wednesday 11 January 2017
Time: Registration 12:30 pm
Presentation 01:00 pm to 02:00 pm
RSVP: Please register your attendance online no later than Friday, 6 Jan 2017.

If you register but are then unable to attend, please email events@hkcca.net and tell us so that other members on any waitlist may attend. If you have any suggestions for topics or speakers for future HKCCA events, please let us know at events@hkcca.net.

Please note this event is exclusively for HKCCA members. If you are not an HKCCA member but you want to attend this presentation, you need to successfully apply for membership at www.hkcca.net and pay the membership fee before registering for the event. If you have any membership queries, please contact HKCCA Secretariat on info@hkcca.net or (852) 2516 7007.

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