Fiona Coombe, CCWP

Director, Legal & Regulatory Research

Fiona Coombe

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

Legal Calendar 2019: Asia Pacific

22 January 2019

  • This report highlights the legal changes and developments expected to impact the workforce environment in 2019 in the Asia Pacific region.
  • In Australia, Victoria’s labour hire licensing scheme comes into force in 2019; and large businesses will have an obligation to report on modern slavery... More

Asia Pacific Legal Update Q4 2018

10 January 2019

  • In this report, we round up the legal developments affecting the workforce solutions ecosystem across the Asia Pacific region in Q4 2018:
  • Australia: Casual employment under the spotlight; Gig economy rider is an employee of Foodora; Federal modern slavery law passed; New rights for employees... More

APAC Compliance and Risk Webinar

18 December 2018

  • 1 hour APAC webinar on compliance and risk
  • A focus on Australian legal developments
  • The risks associated with using unlicensed staffing suppliers
  • A recent gig economy case overview
  • Compliance with Modern Slavery legislation
  • Workers' compensation coverage for contractors

Global Compliance Trends for 2019

14 December 2018

  • During 2018, there were significant developments in relation to laws on data protection, the classification of self-employed independent contractors, equality and family-friendly policies across the world.
  • These trends continue into 2019, but there will also be an emphasis on equality, family-friendly... More

Labour Hire Licensing in Australia 2018

14 November 2018

  • This report looks at the differences and similarities between the State labour hire licensing laws of Qeensland and Victoria; and what, if any, regulation labour hire agencies may expect from central and local government in the future.

Asia Pacific Legal Update Q3 2018

31 October 2018

  • In this report, we round up the legal developments affecting the workforce solutions ecosystem across the Asia Pacific region in Q3 2018:
  • Australia: Labour Hire Licensing Update; New South Wales Introduces Law Requiring Companies to Report on Modern Slavery; Payroll Tax Can Apply... More

APAC SI Report Webinar August 2018

24 August 2018

  • 1 hour Staffing Industry Report Webinar
  • Insights on the Indian Staffing Market with the Indian Staffing Federation
  • Forecasts, Trends and Developments in the APAC Market
  • APAC Supplier List

Global Overview of Developments in Data Privacy: 2018 Update

20 August 2018

  • This update provides essential information about the latest global developments on laws affecting the way personal data is processed and protected.
  • On 25 May 2018, Europe’s laws on data protection underwent fundamental changes as the General Data Protection Regulation (EU 2016/679) (GDPR) came... More

Asia Pacific Legal Update Q2 2018

16 July 2018

  • In this report, we round up the legal developments affecting the workforce solutions ecosystem across the Asia Pacific region in Q2 2018:
  • Australia: Minimum Wage Increase 1 July 2018; South Australia Postpones Labour Hire Licensing Scheme; New Long Service Leave and Portable Benefits for Victoria... More

GDPR: Frequently Asked Questions

30 May 2018

  • The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is effective 25 May 2018. 
  • This report highlights some of the key questions that staffing firms and contingent workforce buyers have around the interpretation and implementation of GDPR. It draws on guidance from the UK’s Information Commissioner’s... More