Fiona Coombe

About Fiona Coombe

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

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2709, 2023

Taboo No More

By |September 27th, 2023|

Pay has long been an off-limits topic of conversation, enabling pay disparity to continue for women and minority groups. Lawmakers are seeking to change that.

1710, 2022

Altered Course

By |October 17th, 2022|

In the past few years, the political tide in Europe has changed as left-leaning governments have triumphed in several countries — Spain, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, Denmark, Finland and Portugal. Time and again, employment law is where the political shift is most visible. The consequence of this for temporary work is that these newly elected governments […]

1510, 2021

Benefit of Counsel: Wired to Discriminate?

By |October 15th, 2021|

Artificial intelligence plays an increasingly prominent role in the employment lifecycle from recruiting and onboarding to on-the-job training, personal development and even dismissals. In general, AI has been developed and deployed with very little oversight. However, given its reach and impact, there is a shift toward greater restrictions and regulation globally.

In December 2020, the Labour […]

105, 2018

Information Control

By |May 1st, 2018|

On May 25, the “world’s highest standard” for data protection comes into force. Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will set the gold standard in allowing individuals within the European Union to control their personal data.

To ensure there is a level playing field and comprehensive protection for EU citizens’ data outside Europe’s borders, the GDPR […]

2709, 2017

Staffing 100 EUROPE

By , , , , , and |September 27th, 2017|

Ask people in the industry their views on the world of work today. More times than not you will hear the word challenging. Yes, there are other epithets thrown in — exciting, fascinating — but the over-arching premise is that it is an uncertain often turbulent time. Among other things, the level of complexity involved […]

105, 2017

Research Report: Balancing Act

By |May 1st, 2017|

A report published in the UK by Lancaster University’s Work Foundation predicts a tipping point will be reached next year where flexible working will become more common than working from an office.

While flexible working is on the rise, governments and organizations such as the International Labour Organisation are increasingly concerned by the prevalence of disguised […]

1510, 2016

Regaining Control

By |October 15th, 2016|

In May 2018, Europe’s laws on data protection will undergo fundamental changes to allow individuals to regain control of their personal data. The reforms will also put an end to the patchwork of data protection rules that currently exists in the European Union.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will establish a single set of rules […]

1510, 2016

2016 Staffing 100 Europe

By , , , , and |October 15th, 2016|

A serious, loyal readership base: You. And I am happy to announce the 2016 Europe Staffing 100 list that celebrates your success. We want to keep you coming back for more with content and research that you find engaging and — more importantly — useful for your business. But this time around, it’s about singing your praises. […]

305, 2016

Research Report: Transatlantic Crossings

By |May 3rd, 2016|

In the 21st-century world of social media, it seems many of us are willing to share our most intimate experiences. That’s fine — it’s our choice — but when someone else holds your personal data, you are no longer in control of what happens to that data. Within Europe, it is reasonable to assume that […]

1510, 2015

Pipe Dream?

By |October 15th, 2015|

Autumn 2015 Staffing Industry Review Europe / 9 A s the digital economy continues to grow, cyberattacks are increasing in frequency and magnitude. While some hackers infiltrate systems to prove a point, increasingly sophisticated criminals are targeting businesses that handle large quantities of personal data. These attacks result not just in the loss of data […]