Fiona Coombe, CCWP

Director, Legal & Regulatory Research

Fiona Coombe
fcoombeSPAMFILTER@staffingindustry.com

Fiona Coombe is Director of Legal and Regulatory Research and is responsible for quarterly regional Legal Updates on the latest legal developments of significance for staffing firms and buyers in Asia Pacific, North America, Europe, Middle East & Africa and Latin America regions. 

She also provides research and analysis into specific issues of compliance and risk impacting the workforce environment in all regions. 

Fiona qualified as a lawyer in the UK in 1987 and worked in private practice for 11 years before joining the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) in 1998. For 10 years, Fiona managed the legal services provided to 13,000 staffing industry members. In the 4 years prior to joining SIA she ran her own business providing legal consultancy services and compliance training for staffing businesses across the UK.

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Recent Articles

Europe Legal Update Q3 2019

17 October 2019

  • In this report, we round up the legal developments affecting the workforce solutions ecosystem across Europe in Q3 2019:
  • European Union: New directive on work-life balance for parents and carers; EU-wide whistleblower protection adopted           ... More

Middle East and Africa Legal Update Q3 2019

16 October 2019

  • In this report, we round up the legal developments affecting the workforce solutions ecosystem across Middle East & Africa in Q3 2019:
  • Kenya: Employers must register with new National Employment Authority
  • United Arab Emirates: End of service gratuity system replaced with savings... More

‘No-Deal’ Brexit – Implications for Contingent Staffing

30 September 2019

  • This report outlines the impact for staffing firms and buyers of contingent staff of the UK leaving the EU without an agreement as to the terms of withdrawal on 31st October 2019.
  • It highlights:
  • The effect on freedom of movement for workers in the UK and EU and their immigration status post-Brexit; ... More

Global Overview of Developments in Data Privacy: 2019 Update

21 August 2019

  • US cross-party talks have stalled over a comprehensive federal privacy law while several state legislatures seek to impose broad obligations on businesses as to the use and control of personal data.
  • Brexit: If the UK leaves the EU without a “deal”, and without an Adequacy Decision by the EU,... More

Middle East and Africa Legal Update Q2 2019

31 July 2019

  • In this report, we round up the legal developments affecting the workforce solutions ecosystem across Middle East & Africa in Q2 2019:
  • Dubai: DIFC employment law effective August 2019              
  • Saudi Arabia: Mandatory registration of employment... More

Europe Legal Update Q2 2019

25 July 2019

  • In this report, we round up the legal developments affecting the workforce solutions ecosystem across Europe in Q2 2019:
  • European Union: ECJ rules employers must keep records of working time; New European Labour Authority and a directive providing protection to short-term and casual workers         ... More

IR35 Off-Payroll Working Rules: FAQ

10 June 2019

  • IR35 is the popular name given to the ‘Intermediaries’ legislation introduced by the UK government in April 2000, to counter tax avoidance through the misclassification of employees as independent contractors.
  • The IR35 Off-Payroll Working Rules (“Rules”) were introduced by the Finance... More

EMEA IR35 Off-Payroll Working Reform in Public and Private Sectors

20 May 2019

  • 1 hour complimentary webinar
  • Indepth discussion on IR35 Off-Payroll Working Reform in Public and Private Sectors
  • Insights from SIA's Director of Legal and Regulatory Research, Fiona Coombe LLB, CCWP

Middle East & Africa Legal Update Q1 2019

25 April 2019

  • In this report, we round up the legal developments affecting the workforce solutions ecosystem across Middle East & Africa in Q1 2019:
  • Kuwait: New rules on annual leave and pension contributions for the private sector
  • Nigeria: Contributory pension scheme opens to self-employed
  • ... More

Guide to Implementing IR35 Off-Payroll Working Rules

17 April 2019

  • This report looks at the proposals outlined by the UK Government for revising the IR35 Off-Payroll Working Rules.
  • It gives contingent workforce buyers, both public bodies and private organisations, guidance on what they need to do to prepare for compliance with the revised Rules from April 2020.... More