This is part of a series of interviews in which a selection of HR leaders across a variety of sectors share their thoughts on the impact of past and anticipated future changes on their world of work.
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This is the third in a series of articles produced for the Future of Work Hub by Lewis Silkin LLP looking at the importance of harnessing flexibility in the future world of work.
We speak to Sebastian Mynott, founder, Principal Molecular Ecologist and Chief Operations Officer at Applied Genomics Ltd about how he has harnessed tech and talent to create a sustainable future for Applied Genomics, and what he has learnt along the way.
What is corporate paternalism? Is it making a comeback in the UK? This article from Anna Sella, Sean Illing and Helen Coombes of Lewis Silkin explores the future of paternalistic capitalism.
In a bid to tackle gender inequality, the Government has unveiled new plans under which large employers will have to publish details of the gender pay gap in their organisation. But will mandatory gender pay gap reporting help to reduce the gender wage gap? How does female participation in the UK labour market compare to the Danish experience? Lewis Silkin discuss.
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.
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.
The employment landscape is changing. Innovations in technology, increased globalisation and the ageing population are among the reasons for this shift. But how should these changes be dealt with? Are they issues that should simply be left to businesses to resolve, or should the state intervene through greater regulation? Lewis Silkin considers.
Advancing and emerging technologies will have a significant impact on the world of work in the future as more and more jobs become vulnerable to computerisation and automation. The increased use of robotics and artificial intelligence could have huge legal implications for employers. Lewis Silkin explores some of those implications.
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.
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) - what's the deal? The EU and the US are currently engaged in negotiations on a major free trade agreement with the aim to cut tariffs and regulatory barriers. What are the potential consequences for employment law and workers rights? This article by Matt Ward of Lewis Silkin explores the issues.
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.
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?
In this article, Lewis Silkin looks at the ITUC's Global Right's Index to consider how international businesses can mitigate their risk and influence supply chain management.
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.
The UK skills gap is widening. This piece from Lewis Silkin comments on how we might stem the skills gap in the UK, move from the standardised low-skill low-pay “low road” economy and head closer to the specialised high-skill high-pay “high road”.
Female labour market participation is higher than ever before and modern adult apprenticeships are being embraced by women in the UK - even in traditionally "male" professions. Yet women are still a rarity in the jobs at the top and few will ever reach the boardroom. In this comment piece, Lewis Silkin asks one simple question: why?
What will be the impact of technology in the future of work? Technological developments are coming at an increasing rate, creating new markets, new jobs and new opportunities to work, whilst simultaneously threatening other jobs and industries. This Lewis Silkin piece comments on the issues.
Politicians want a higher standard of living for all, with proposals to end low pay and get more money in more people's pockets. To do this, a range of policy initiatives are being debated that it's hoped will help people with the cost of living and raise living standards, but which will impact employers. This Lewis Silkin article explains the pros and cons of the policies.
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.