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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.
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‘Brexit’: How would UK leaving the EU affect contingent workers and employers?

By |June 8th, 2016|

UK voters take to the polls later this month to determine whether to leave the European Union. Here are some possible results of an exit.
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Accommodating obesity

By |May 4th, 2016|

Does obesity constitute a disability, providing protection from employment discrimination?
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EU-US Privacy Shield

By |April 6th, 2016|

What the new EU-US data privacy agreement means for companies transferring personal data between Europe and US.
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Europe: Tax changes; Umbrella companies to disappear?

By |March 2nd, 2016|

In April, tax changes will be introduced into two of the biggest markets in Europe for independent contractors: the UK and the Netherlands.
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Drilling down into joint employer designations

By |February 3rd, 2016|

What you need to know about new guidance on how joint employment is established in cases brought under the the FLSA and Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act.
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Global Effort: Countries waging war on IC misclassification

By |January 6th, 2016|

Type “misclassification” into your search engine and, even here in the UK, the results are dominated by US Web pages denouncing the practice of wrongly classifying employees as independent contractors. However, as I outlined last month, misclassification of employees is not an issue confined to the US. Many countries are witnessing an increase in the […]

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Independent contractors: The worldwide war against misclassification

By |December 2nd, 2015|

Misclassification of employees as independent contractors generates a lot of column inches in the US, but it is not just a North American problem. Governments the world over are wrestling with increases in the numbers of individuals providing their services in a quasi-business relationship, as opposed to an employment relationship. The loss in tax revenue, […]

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Port in a storm? Safe Harbor ruling puts companies in limbo

By |October 21st, 2015|

Two weeks ago, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) ruled that the 15-year agreement between the European Union and the US Department of Commerce could no longer be relied upon as protection for personal data being transferred between Europe and the US.

Background

EU countries already have some of the strictest data protection laws in the world […]

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Brazil proposes relaxed outsourced worker limitations, clarifies temporary work

By |September 2nd, 2015|

Celebrations of a bill that would allow companies in Brazil to outsource any of their business activities may have been premature. Bill 4330/04 was passed by Brazil’s House of Representatives in April, but it still needs to go through the Senate, whose president opposes it in its current form.

Ten years in the making, the bill […]

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Are you concerned with common law employer liability for ACA?

By |July 29th, 2015|

Over recent months a recurring issue has been raised by staffing firms not subject to the employer responsibility rules under Affordable Care Act.

In order to protect themselves against a penalty for failing to offer coverage under an eligible employer-sponsored plan to any individual deemed to be their common law employee, increasing numbers of client companies […]

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