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Compliance 101: everything you need to know

Health and safety, GDPR, manual handling…whether you’re a new starter or it’s time for renewal, mandatory learning is always a joy.

We’ve all been there, and we’re not going to sugar coat it; it can be very boring. But in all seriousness, compliance is incredibly important to your business because, well, it’s the law.

Okay, we’re not trying to scare you; we just understand that it’s tough trying to get your people engaged with learning and to complete it on time. But we can make that easy for you.

Let’s go back to the basics first:


What is ‘compliance’?

Compliance is about ensuring companies of all sizes, and their employees, comply with existing national and international laws. The Companies Act 2006 is the main legislation that forms the primary source of UK company law.

Basically, the main objective of staying compliant is to avoid or swiftly identify criminal behaviour and react appropriately to it. And, while making sure every aspect of your operation is being run compliantly may seem a daunting task, compliance regulations have been put in place to protect you, your company, your employees, and your property.

Along with meeting legal requirements, there’s also an ethical aspect of compliance to consider. Essentially, a compliant company demonstrates that it’s a reputable business that respects the interests of its stakeholders – such as customers and employees by operating responsibly. This can have a positive effect on your business’s credibility and reputation.


What are the main areas of compliance to consider?

Regulatory compliance

Regulatory compliance is when a business follows the local and international laws and regulations that are relevant to its operations. Depending on the business and the industry it’s operating in, the requirements of regulatory compliance will vary.

This includes:

Right to Work

Preventing Money Laundering

Preventing Bribery in Business

Modern Slavery


HR compliance

HR compliance covers all the business policies and procedures that ensure your organisation is operating lawfully and with the welfare of your employees at the forefront of everything you do. Compliance in HR ensure your business complies with employment laws and employee-related concerns.

This includes:

Unconscious Bias

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Bullying and Harassment

New and Expectant Mothers


Data compliance

Businesses today collect and store a lot of data. Whether it’s data about their customers or their employees, businesses have access to a lot of personal information. Therefore, data compliance is a necessity. Data compliance ensures that your organisation is correctly and legally collecting, organising, storing, and managing data.

This includes:

Information Security

Cyber Security and Phishing


Physical Security


Health and safety compliance

Health and safety compliance is all about providing a safe working environment. This ensures your employees can safely work to the best of their abilities, without being put in danger or at risk of injury, physically or mentally.

This includes:

Mental Health

Fire Safety

Manual Handling



Learn more about our wide range of engaging and interactive courses.

Okay, that’s the boring stuff over and done with. It’s time to see how we can keep your business, and all its people, compliant without you even breaking a sweat (it’s seriously that easy).


How to implement compliance with ease

Times have changed, and long gone are the days of sitting in a conference room, watching a very outdated video about manual handling or ethics in the workplace before signing a sheet to say you understand (yawn). eLearning has changed the compliance game forever.

eLearning can be used in many ways in the workplace, but most commonly for employee learning, i.e. getting your new starters up to scratch, and compliance. In fact, 66% of learners prefer eLearning compared to other techniques, such as traditional classroom learning.


Half of learners find it easier to fit eLearning into their working day because eLearning requires around 50% less learning time. Not only does eLearning save so much time, but your people are also more likely to engage and retain the online material because, let’s face it, our attention spans aren’t quite how we’d like them to be.

So, the less time-consuming the learning is, the more learning your people will complete, and the greater chance your business has at staying compliant with ease.

This sounds great, but how would my people access their eLearning?” – We’re glad you asked…


An LMS is your compliance answer

Learning Management System, or LMS for short, is the answer to all your compliance woes. An LMS is a platform that allows you to manage every facet of workplace learning, from design and delivery to scheduling and reporting.

With our award-winning LMS, Learn, all your compliance eLearning courses are in one place, so your people can access their learning at a time and place that suits them. Faster and easier access = higher completion rates.

Learn even allows automated tracking and reporting, so you can see whose compliance is up to date, and whose is not, without needing to do the chasing yourself! And with catalogues of courses to choose from, the learning doesn’t stop at compliance

Having an LMS is known to boost workplace learning and productivity, and reduce the training costs for an organisation by 25% to 40%. But searching for the right LMS can be daunting and a little confusing. To make it a bit easier, we’ve done the hard work for you – here is our LMS Buyer’s Guide.


Speak to an expert today to find out how you can transform your compliance process.

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Written by Claire Moloney

Claire is an enthusiastic and meticulous content writer whose passion is to support growth and continual learning for everyone.


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