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Japan's demographic dilemma

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Japan's demographic dilemma

In the third of our series of articles looking at how different countries in the APAC region are responding to the changing world of work, Abi Frederick of Lewis Silkin,  focuses on the demographic dilemma facing Japan and offers a comparison to the situation in the UK and across Europe. 

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Quotas - a revolutionary step towards equality and diversity?

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Quotas - a revolutionary step towards equality and diversity?

To what extent does the Government, present and future, need to take bolder steps in order to reform employment law and how can it help improve equality and diversity? Should the state seek to influence the demographics of the workforce? This Lewis Silkin article looks at these questions in the context of the growing interest in the use of quotas. 

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Reflecting on the future of work event

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Reflecting on the future of work event

Work is changing and anticipated changes such as changing demographics, globalisation, diversity, flexibility and skills are already part of today's working reality. Following on from our first Future of Work Hub event "HR and Policy Challenges", James Davies, Joint Head of Employment at Lewis Silkin LLP offers a legal perspective on some of the issues discussed on the day.

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Enforcement of workplace rights: an agency of change?

Ensuring proper enforcement of employment rights means more than restoring access to the employment tribunal system. More needs to be done by government in order to tackle the exploitation of workers, but what steps have the Conservatives, Labour Party and Liberal Democrats actually taken in order to ensure this? Is the Liberal Democrats plan for a Workers Rights Agency the answer? Richard Dunstan comments.

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Multinationals grapple with murky recruitment practices in Malaysia

This Lewis Silkin article discusses the recent issues in regards to policing the working conditions of international supply chains as highlighted in a report by Verité. Focusing on immigration in Malaysia, this article considers the challenges and opportunities faced by multinational companies with a globally diverse workforce, and how forced labour issues can creep into these worldwide supply chains.

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Let's abolish employers' national insurance contributions and build a job-creating tax system

There has been speculation that the Conservative manifesto at the next election may include a commitment to merge income tax and NICs. But what if we went further and abolished employers' national insurance contributions too; employers could have a massive financial boost and the holy grail of "full employment" could be well within reach. James Davies of Lewis Silkin makes his case for this radical reform.

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What will the second machine age mean for the future labour market?

The recent book The Second Machine Age: Work, progress and prosperity in a time of brilliant technologies by Brynjolfsson and McAfee has ignited debate about the impact of transformative future technology on the labour market. This article on technology by Lewis Silkin asks: are we really at risk of advancing technology sparking underemployment? 

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Are EU laws undermining the UK's competitiveness in the global economy?

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Are EU laws undermining the UK's competitiveness in the global economy?

The UK’s relationship with Europe has emerged as a key political issue. Eurosceptics are arguing that, because of European employment law, UK employers are strangled in red tape. But do European Union laws really have such a damaging impact on UK businesses? This piece by Lewis Silkin cuts through some of the bluster to reveal a few facts about the EU's influence in the UK.

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Mind the (skills) gap

The highest number of job vacancies for five years shows the large gap between the skills workers have and the skills the UK economy needs. Skilled workers are in high demand, provided they have the right skills that employers can make use of. Lewis Silkin LLP asks why there is a UK skills gap, and what employers can do about it.

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