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.

Gig workers: Europe explores social, other protections

|May 26th, 2021|

The European Commission in February began its consultation on the rights of gig economy workers whose labor is governed by digital platforms.
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Closing the pay gap

|April 21st, 2021|

Gender pay inequality has been a longstanding issue that Equal Pay Day is meant to bring to light. With the pandemic setting women back, there’s much work to be done worldwide.
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Contingents now in another state?

|March 10th, 2021|

As remote work enables contingents to work from anywhere, companies and their staffing providers may find themselves facing new tax implications as other states’ treasuries come knocking.
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IC classification: Put your house in order

|January 27th, 2021|

In light of California’s Supreme Court decision that the ABC test adopted in Dynamex, which led to Assembly Bill 5, can apply retroactively, review your worker classification methods for risk of noncompliance.

Brexit is finally here. What it means for you.

|December 9th, 2020|

There are several ways Brexit will affect businesses using contingent staff in the UK. The most significant will be the impact on the availability of workers able to live and work in the country without any administrative hurdles.

In good faith: Developing an effective and compliant diversity initiative

|October 28th, 2020|

Pursuing diversity requires flexibility. Affirmative action goals established should be flexible targets, not rigid quotas, maintains the DOL’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance. How to approach developing an initiative.

Will buyers be on the hook for Covid-19 paid-leave charges?

|September 16th, 2020|

You may have been surprised to see a new charge on a recent staffing invoice: paid sick leave for one or more of your contingent workers. Why you might be obligated to pay.

Legislators find there is no easy way to classify ICs

|June 24th, 2020|

With the news that the Dutch government has decided against implementing a statutory minimum rate for freelancers, it is clear there is no easy way to classify independent contractors, as the UK and Californian legislators have already discovered.

Covid-19: Governments include independents in safety net measures

|June 3rd, 2020|

The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the vulnerability of a huge swath of the global workforce: the gig economy. Many countries have established safety nets to help ease the worst of the effects. Here is what the UK and US have been doing.

Gig worker jobs hit hard by Covid-19

|May 20th, 2020|

With unemployment levels rising at unprecedented rates, this portion of the workforce faces dire circumstances. Here’s the big picture for global gig workers.