In the recent age of EU general data protection regulations (GDPR), difficulties arise in ensuring that employment documentation is properly managed and retrievable by the right people at the right time and for the right reasons. In some cases, the right reason is simply “I want to see my records now,” demonstrating the clear demand for effective employment documentation management.
Good record-keeping… a broken record?
GDPR requires companies to allow employees access to the information and documents retained by the employer concerning them in order to verify the accuracy, request correction or erasure. This includes and is not limited to access to payslips and employment records.
Paper? Digital? Medium aside, good record-keeping and on-demand access is now critical when it comes to payroll.
Recent EY report: EY Global Labor and Employment Law Strategic Topics
The latest EY Global Labor and Employment Law Strategic Topics report, published by EY Employment Law colleagues, recaps the rules for employment documentation and management across 36 jurisdictions, including payroll. Key takeaways from the report – available here (pdf):
- The challenges of the digital age are ruled by outdated laws in some jurisdictions
- It is important to have functioning and dynamic processes for data storage and keeping records up to date
- Document storage times and rules may vary across jurisdictions, but levels of security and confidentiality shouldn’t vary
- In these rapidly changing digital times, the need for updates is always around the corner
In summary, effective global management of employment documentation is paramount.