Labour Party doubles-down on employment rights in the gig economy

Written by Olaf Cramme on 12 Sep 2018

In his keynote address to the TUC Congress, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has called for gig economy workers to be given full employment rights. He promised that a Labour Government would go beyond all the “positive recommendations in the Taylor report” and extend sick pay, parental leave, or protections against unfair dismissal to gig economy workers.

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Are city authorities a friend or a foe for mobility platforms?

Written by Matthew Niblett on 11 Sep 2018

The issue of how to regulate new transport technologies, especially ride hailing and bike and scooter sharing, is one that has become increasingly newsworthy since these platforms first emerged. Grouped loosely under the moniker of ‘on-demand transport’, these technologies have had a significant impact on urban transport in less than a decade and, for some, even less time than that.

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What are the EU institutions doing to lead on Distributed Ledger Technology?

Written by Annie Scanlan on 06 Sep 2018

Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), sometimes referred to as blockchain, is coming under increased scrutiny by policy makers in the EU institutions. We have produced a one page guide highlighting the key initiatives which companies using DLT should be following.

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3 questions to ask when hiring a public affairs agency

Written by David Abrahams on 05 Sep 2018

Policy and regulation can have a significant impact on businesses, especially those operating in the technology sector where innovation is a constant. As a result, many organisations are investing in strategies to help them keep pace with changes to policy and regulation, so they can spot potential threats or opportunities early on. 

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Does your business need a public affairs agency?

Written by David Abrahams on 28 Aug 2018

Innovation in the tech sector is moving at a rapid pace, and the companies driving these innovations are increasingly facing political and regulatory hurdles. Business leaders are at risk of being affected by outdated laws and hastily introduced regulations that negatively impact on their operations and growth prospects.

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Is the policy world a hostile environment for the tech sector?

Written by David Abrahams on 21 Aug 2018

It is increasingly clear that we are reaching an inflection point in the digital revolution. The widespread digital optimism that has dominated the view of the public and policy makers for the past 20 years is being tempered by increasing concerns about the impact technology is having on our lives.

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How WorkerTech is meeting the need for flexible support for the self-employed

Written by Inline Policy on 17 Aug 2018

As the number of self-employed people continues to rise in the UK, the need to create better mechanisms to provide support to this growing workforce without compromising the intrinsic flexibility of self-employment is becoming increasingly important.

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Online gambling in the UK: how to stop the next epidemic

Written by Shomik Panda on 02 Aug 2018

Back in May of 2018, Her Majesty’s Government announced to great fanfare that the maximum permitted stake on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) will be cut from £100 to £2. This was hailed as an important move towards protecting the most vulnerable problem gamblers that frequent high street betting shops.

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Will the new Secretary of State for Digital be good or bad news for tech?

Written by Megan Stagman on 24 Jul 2018

Jeremy Wright MP succeeds an unquestionably pro-technology Secretary of State for Digital, but his lack of previous interest in the sector may actually be a good thing for the tech industry.

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