Fiona Coombe, CCWP

About Fiona Coombe, CCWP

Fiona Coombe, CCWP, is director of legal and regulatory research. She can be reached at fcoombe (at) staffingindustry (dot) com.

On the Clock: Time to start tracking workers’ hours

|June 19th, 2019|

A prominent feature in factories for more than a century, the time clock and its modern replacements have had little use for many employers. But a recent European court ruling may mean their return as businesses must track all workers’ hours — even for a post-Brexit UK.

UK government chases taxes up the supply chain

|May 22nd, 2019|

IR35 is not the only tool the UK government has at its disposal when seeking tax revenue. Here are other forms end-users and staffing firms need to be aware of.

UK gender pay gap: Far from closed

|April 17th, 2019|

Fewer than half the UK's biggest employers have succeeded in reducing gender pay equity, despite the introduction of sanctions.

Overtime at last: Complying with DOL’s proposed pay rule

|March 13th, 2019|

The DOL announced a much-anticipated proposal to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime threshold. What it means to employers.

Bypassing the (UK) courts: Unions and the gig economy

|February 13th, 2019|

A groundbreaking deal between a courier delivery firm and a union on behalf of independent workers may breathe new life into independent worker unionization efforts.

License to protect

|January 9th, 2019|

Several countries worked to impose regulations on the staffing industry in 2018, but to what end? Examples show their effectiveness depends on their intent.

UK introduces sweeping labor reforms, gig workers to benefit

|December 19th, 2018|

The UK’s proposed reforms to labor law, based on the recommendations of the 2017 Taylor Report, include eliminating a loophole around equal pay for temps and increasing fines on malicious employers.

Holiday hangovers: Cases highlight office revelry risks

|December 12th, 2018|

Recent holiday party-related cases around the world serve as a sobering reminder to employers planning such events.

Winds of change in the world of work

|November 14th, 2018|

New parties sweeping into power usher in changes in legislative agendas. Many countries have seen a shifting employment law landscape.

Indefinite employment is becoming the preferred norm

|October 17th, 2018|

An increasing number of countries are imposing restrictions on the use of fixed-term contracts in favor of indefinite employment. Here are some examples of recent regulatory action.