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Six Steps for Businesses to Stay Compliant in the EU and Beyond

If you operate a business in the EU, or are planning on expanding your business into Europe, it is important that you know how to stay compliant, both with laws and regulations in the EU, as well as those further afield. Here are six steps you need to take to make sure your business is compliant at all times.

1: Research Regulations

The first action you need to take if you are expanding into the EU market for the first time is to research existing regulations. If you are planning to expand into the EU, or are planning to branch out into another country from an EU base, you also need to research the regulations for any country that you will plan to do business with, especially if you intend to export products. This will allow you to make the necessary arrangements to stay within the law wherever you may be located.

2: Hire an HR Consultant

One of the areas that employers often fall down on in terms of compliance is HR. For instance, you need to be aware of the regulations that are in place for holiday and sick pay, redundancies, and workplace health and safety. To make sure you have taken the right precautions to protect you and your employees, you should consider hiring a team of HR consultants that can help to assess your firm's compliance and keep you up-to-date with any changes to regulations.

3: Keep on Top of Your Records

Keeping your records up-to-date is paramount, especially in the event that your company is investigated or a workplace incident occurs. This will ensure paper trails are in place proving your firm's compliance. Not only this, but record-keeping is important in terms of regulations such as taxes, which require you to file comprehensive paperwork on an annual basis.

4: Protect Customer Privacy

Data protection is one of the most contentious and pressing areas of compliance, especially within the EU, with firms having to abide by the latest GDPR regulations. To make sure that your customer data is protected, you should only download the correct software onto devices used for business. This should include encryption applications, as well as security scanners and firewalls that block cyber threats.

5: Create Clear Policies

To make sure you are on the same page as your employees, you need to create clear policies that can communicate your intentions. These policies should cover a range of different factors, including health and safety and employee rights. Having these policies in place can guide your response to any incidents that do occur, and will ensure that compliance is consistent across the workplace.

6: Audit Your Compliance

It is important to ensure that you do not bring in new measures, and not monitor implementation. To make sure that your business stays compliant and that your strategy is effective, you need to audit your firm's level of compliance regularly to stay on top of any deficiencies so they can be remedied before any problems occur.

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