Data protection laws and Human Resources (HR)

Data protection laws and Human Resources (HR) 2018-01-15T14:13:42+00:00

Data protection laws have a big impact on human resources (HR). Most people think that the law only requires them to protect the personal information of their customers. They forget that it also applies to their employees. Employers and managers are legally obliged to protect the personal information of employees. Apart from privacy, the law also protects employees from identity theft and other perils. Risk management is especially important in industries and enterprises where there are thousands of employees. The mining industry is a good example, considering all the personal information and records that exist relating to the health and medical histories of the employees.

We offer a presentation, seminar, workshop, or executive briefing on data protection laws and human resources by an expert with practical experience. We also offer an eCourse on request.

Data protection laws and Human Resources Workshop Outcomes

  • Know how data protection laws and the laws relating to job applicants and employees affects you.
  • Understand your legal responsibilities as a responsible manager when processing personal information of job applicants and employees.
  • Apply your knowledge and understanding in all fields of managing personal information of job applicants and employees.

What do we cover?

  • Constitutional, statutory and common law rights of job applicants and employees.
  • Recruitment and selection.
  • Employment records.
  • Monitoring and surveillance at work.
  • Health records of employees and applicants.
  • Protection of employee rights.
  • Garnishment orders and disclosure of employment.
  • Employment contracts, practices and policies.
  • Payroll implications and avoidance of discrimination.
  • Handling religious and other beliefs of employees.
  • Disclosing trade union membership and political affiliation.
  • Reporting on race and gender for the Employment Equity Act and BEE.
  • Overlaps between data protection laws and labour and employment law.
  • Consequences of processing personal information unlawfully or unfairly.
  • Appointing an officer.
  • Planning for the future based on the data protection timeline.
  • Listing the necessary, practical and effective actions.

Course material

We will provide attendees with:

  • a link to an electronic copy of our presentation,
  • our Mapper – a tool to map activities,
  • a list of actions so that the session translates into practical action, and
  • an audio recording of the event (private sessions only).

Who should attend and why?

  • Personnel and human resource managers to empower them to avoid the inherent risks of managing such information.
  • Employers (both public and private) to ensure they meet their responsibilities.
  • Recruiters to ensure they protect the personal information of job applicants.
  • Judges to know the new law and make good judgements.
  • CCMA commissioners to perform their role effectively.
  • Trade Unionists to know how to protect their members.
  • Students to know how data protection laws practically apply. We offer a 10% discount to students.
  • Please note that the content of this particular workshop has not been created for attorneys and is therefore not suitable for them. We may offer sessions specifically for attorneys at a later time.

Public workshops

We are not currently running public workshops specifically on this topic but do recommend that you consider attending our other training.

Private workshops

We provide private, in-house workshops to you at your premises. Email our support desk to get in touch to discuss a suitable date.

Who is the presenter?

practical attorney from Michalsons. We will ensure the attorney is the best person to present the course depending on the type of course, the date, the specific issues and the attendees. For example, Graham Giles often presents on this topic. Graham is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable labour lawyers in South Africa who focusses on Employment and Industrial Relations. He can help you by applying his experience and knowledge to your specific circumstances. Because data protection law has such a big impact on HR, he is helping organisations protect the personal information of their employees. He is an experienced and interesting speaker.

How long is it?

We provide this course in different formats. Public and private sessions can last for anything from 45 minutes, half a day or a full day. We also provide eCourses that can be done via the Internet at your convenience. We welcome enquires for more information and details.


If you are interested, please complete the form on the right or enquire now. We will contact you to find out more about your requirements and give you a quote.


Our public workshops are at various venues around the country. We choose venues that are central so you can get to it easy, that have adequate parking, good food, and that ensure you are comfortable. We are happy to hold the event at your venue. If you want a personal in-house session at your offices, please contact us for a quote.