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How Robotic Process Automation Powers Bulletproof Legal Compliance


Following up from my previous post, today I’ll dive a little deeper into how automation can also help transform compliance processes.

No matter the industry, companies must take an active role in ensuring they meet legal compliance standards and rules in order to produce their operations, employees, and customers.

While these exact rules and standards vary depending on a company’s location, size, and revenue, all business are subject to legal oversight, from tax laws, regulations like the Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), or standards like ISO 9000 or Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards.

After the 2008 financial crisis, and with de facto global frameworks like the European Union Global Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR), establishing and maintaining effective compliance has become even more important, especially to avoid the financial and operational consequences of non-compliance.

Unfortunately, many companies still don’t know if their processes are not meeting compliance standards, or how to remedy non-compliant operations before it’s too late.

RPA eases legal compliance concerns from the warehouse to the boardroom

Allen & Overy, a London-based international law firm, suggests that due to the higher pressures of regulatory scrutiny today, “compliance has moved up the corporate boardroom agenda.”

As a result, compliance with legal regulations cannot be a one-time responsibility for modern companies. Rather, businesses must make it an integral part of day-to-day operations. It’s only through regular and strict compliance with the applicable laws and regulations that companies can attain advantages such as:

Compliance has become a focal point for all companies around the world, especially as globalization continues to increase exposure to multiple regulatory regimes and jurisdictions. Maintaining regulatory compliance is an area of expansive risk, and firms face various challenges in effectively meeting all their compliance needs on a regular basis.

Many companies struggle to fully understand their legal obligations, continuing to use unorganized and non-compliant business processes and stand unprepared for audits from unexpected quarters. More and more, companies are turning to robotic process automation (RPA) to overcome such challenges and to help them improve their levels of compliance.

How RPA can assist with compliance

RPA can be an important tool to build more robust and effective compliance programs. Between a reduced volume of legal issues, better retention of employees and customers, and improved business operations, RPA can help in many ways:

Augmenting the legal profession

Robots and people together are synergistic and can accomplish more combined than either could alone. Though each on their own are able to contribute to the improvement of business processes and optimization of regulatory compliance, the strategic combination of both allows a higher quality of manual work, as well as creative, cognitive work.

RPA excels at automating the mundane, repetitive, yet critical tasks needed for the law and business compliance to function. People are—and will continue to be—uniquely qualified for the strategic, creative, and cognitive work, which is often more interesting and fulfilling to them anyway.

Together, legal professionals augmented with RPA can improve legal outcomes, improve regulatory compliance, and deliver the innovation that drives the improved operational outcomes needed to succeed.

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