Free GDPR webinar on 21 March

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Following from our webinar on GDPR, on 21 March at 12pm GMT Director of Course Development Nick Henderson and Director of Best Practice Gary Yantin will continue to explore the steps needed to take ahead of GDPR day. The webinar will focus on key issues revolving around preparing for GDPR.

The webinar will end with the opportunity to have any questions on the topic answered. You can register for the webinar by clicking on the button below.

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VinciWorks’ courses allow users to “test out”

How do you ensure that your staff undertake the training most relevant to them? How can experienced staff learn at their own pace and avoid just repeating the basics? VinciWorks’ two new gamified courses, Anti-Bribery: Know Your Deal and Anti-Money Laundering: Know Your Risk, allow users to “test out” and demonstrate their mastery of the subject matter quickly.

How does “testing out” work?

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In VinciWorks’ latest anti-money laundering course, users gain extra points by reviewing additional reading material

When completing these courses, users can jump directly to the scored scenarios and achieve the required number of experience points by answering everything correctly. Staff who answer incorrectly or who feel more comfortable reading background material first can choose to review the additional material and accrue enough experience points to complete each module that way.

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Download a gifts and corporate hospitality policy template

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Does your organisation have an up-to-date gifts and corporate hospitality policy in place? Are you able to easily register any gifts you receive or give? Having an up-to-date gifts and corporate hospitality policy in place will help you comply with your responsibilities under the Bribery Act and other anti-corruption legislation.

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What should be included in a gifts and corporate hospitality policy?

The purpose of such a policy is to ensure that your organisation and its employees comply with the anti-bribery and corruption policy, bribery laws and best practice in combating corruption in all of the countries and business areas in which you operate. The policy should complement your organisation’s bribery and corruption policy. Here is some guidance on what the policy should include.

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The UK Modern Slavery Act – what are businesses doing to combat modern slavery?

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Despite the UK Modern Slavery Act coming into force in 2015, there are still millions of slaves around the world

UK report finds that almost 50% of FTSE 100 companies do not meet the minimum requirements set out by the Act

The second annual report on large companies’ efforts to ensure there is no modern slavery in their supply chain reveals disappointing results. The report shows that only 57% of the FTSE 100 companies are meeting the minimum reporting requirements set out by the UK Modern Slavery Act. It also reveals Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury and Unilever as the best performers, with Hargreaves Lansdown, Paddy Power Betfair, Pearson and Worldpay shamed as the weakest. With the UK seemingly a long way from solving the issue of modern slavery, this blog examines why modern slavery is still a problem today and what businesses are doing to tackle the issue.

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VinciWorks to release new GDPR micro course

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a major shakeup in data protection laws across all Member States of the EU. It will officially come into force on 25 May 2018, and as a Regulation, will automatically be applied in every Member State.

With GDPR just months from coming into full force, we are set to release a new micro course on the topic. The 10 minute course guides users through the changes being applied as a result of GDPR. GDPR: The Basics will complement our existing online GDPR course, GDPR: Privacy at Work.

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GDPR Myth #3: You can’t send marketing emails anymore

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Will continuing to send marketing emails put your business at risk of breaching GDPR?

Do the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) mean you can’t send any more marketing emails?

JD Wetherspoons, the UK’s largest pub chain, hit the industry headlines last year when it decided to delete its entire marketing list. GDPR has injected a sense of impending doom into email marketers worried that carefully cultivated lists will need to be trashed come GDPR day.

This is not the case. GDPR does not prevent direct marketing taking place, nor does it mean your lists have to be deleted and collected again from scratch. However, it does mean marketers have a greater responsibility in processing personal data, and some issues around consent to market may have to be looked at.

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VinciWorks adds Subject Access Request module to GDPR course

GDPR Myth #2: GDPR requires you to delete all of a person’s data if they ask

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VinciWorks to release new anti-bribery course

New anti-bribery training from VinciWorks

VinciWorks will soon be releasing a new course, Anti-Bribery: Know Your Deal. The course drops users into immersive scenarios to test their knowledge, understanding and ability to uncover risks of bribery in their working life.

Despite the UK Bribery Act having come into force in 2010, bribery is still a hugely problematic issue in corporate life. Billions of pounds of fines are levied every year and frequent reports hit the headlines of investigations and prosecutions from the US Department of Justice and UK Serious Fraud Office.

Bribery cases have ensnared some of the world’s largest companies, biggest sporting bodies and most powerful politicians. The propensity for some people to act corruptly might never change, but our approach to training and compliance can.

In Anti-Bribery: Know Your Deal, users face a set of realistic characters and scenarios from all walks of life, some of whom may be trying to offer, or ask for, a bribe. It is up to users to assess each situation and decide on the best course of action based on company procedures and the law.

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New guide to the gig economy warns businesses of compliance risks

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VinciWorks has published an e-book warning businesses about the dangers of the gig economy.

Compliance Risks and the Gig Economy takes businesses through the potential legal minefield of using gig economy apps for business purposes. From renting a room through Airbnb, buying a service on UpWork or hailing a ride on Uber, when a business interacts with the gig economy, it can have a knock-on effect across compliance areas from employment law to equality to modern slavery. Most recently, already-under-fire Uber has recently been exposed for concealing a massive global breach of the personal information of 57 million customers and drivers in October 2016.

Prime Minister vows to crack down on those taking advantage of workers

Theresa May recently promised to overhaul the rights of millions of workers in the UK. The crackdown, regarded by one business group as “the biggest shake-up of employment law in generations”, includes the PM’s pledge to clamp down on firms using unpaid interns, quadruple fines for non-compliant organisations and launch a “naming and shaming” list of the worst perpetrators.

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With around 14 million Brits taking part in some form of independent work, whether traditional freelance or through a new gig economy app, the potential compliance risks range from equality and discrimination to tax evasion, modern slavery, and even data protection.
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GDPR Myth #2: GDPR requires you to delete all of a person’s data if they ask

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Does GDPR require businesses to delete all data upon an individual’s request?

The right to be forgotten is one of the key innovations of GDPR, but it’s not exactly a new right, nor is it absolute. It developed in European law in the aftermath of an important court case known as the Google vs Spain ruling. In 2010, a Spanish citizen complained about an outdated court order against him appearing on Google search results. The European Court of Justice agreed this infringed on his right to privacy and ruled that individuals have the right, under certain conditions, to ask search engines to remove links with personal information about them where the information is inaccurate, inadequate, irrelevant or excessive.

The right to be forgotten has been enshrined in GDPR as the right to erasure. This is slightly more encompassing than the original Google vs Spain rules, giving an individual the right to have their personal data erased and prevent it being processed in specific circumstances.

Read more: what should a GDPR compliant privacy policy include?

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Criminal Finances Act – reasonable procedures checklist

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Are your staff aware of the reasonable procedures under the Criminal Finances Act?

The Criminal Finances Act, which came into force in September 2017, introduced the requirement for businesses to have reasonable procedures to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion. If you do not feel that your organisation complies with the Criminal Finances Act, it is important to start a thorough risk assessment of all areas of your business operations. Organisations must also draw up an implementation plan that includes training on the Criminal Finances Act.

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