FedEE Blog

Comment: Don’t blink, you will miss it

Back in the late 1980s automation was already well advanced: robots could perform many of the functions they perform today, CNC lathes could be programmed offline, and technologies such as the Cadbury Wispa bar high-speed flow wrapping line (that my

Comment: The long road to ethical compliance

Although the UK has had a powerful code of corporate governance since the early 1990s, this has taken longer to establish in the rest of the world, especially the USA. However, in 2017, along came two competing US codes. The

Comment: Seeking the higher ground

Most of us start out believing that the law is always right, that integrity and wisdom pervade the justice system and that official and law firm data sources are always accurate. Even when we realise otherwise, we simply take exceptions

Comment: Ruling could kill unions

The most fundamental change has taken place in the landscape of European labour relations in over a century and yet almost everyone is silent.

We contacted the EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency in Vienna who were indifferent, whilst the European Trades

Comment: Mend it, Not Brexit

The UK is facing its biggest crisis in 70 years, yet few seem to care – or even know what they are heading for. So what will happen when you wake up on March 30th 2019 and realise that the

Comment: Use of investigative agencies

For the last 30 years Italian courts have been struggling with a law that was introduced way back in 1970.

From the outset, the Worker’s Statute contained a tranche of restrictions on the right of managers to manage. It prohibits

Comment: Free movement fallacy

Ten years ago I was at a conference in Dublin when one of the speakers – a well- known TV pundit – stated from the rostrum that the accession of eastern European countries to the European Union meant “a great

Comment: Crossing the border

The growing animosity around the world to the influx of foreign nationals is not confined to refugees and asylum seekers. It equally applies to many permit-holding immigrants and workers covered, for instance, by European Union (EU) free-movement rules. The problem

Comment: Hobson’s Choice

Back in the days when HR policies were all too often roughly thrown together in paper form, I recall an employee coming in from the shop floor of a factory I managed and pointing to a clause somewhere in the

Comment: Everything, everywhere

I was talking to a colleague the other day whilst she also continued a long conversation on the company landline telephone and replied to an email on her laptop. After a minute or so, a WeChat message came in on

Comment: Sifting the Chaff

According to HEDD, the official University degree checking service in the UK, a third of people applying for jobs falsify important information on their CV, 40% exaggerate their qualifications, and 11% falsify their degree altogether. It would appear that very

Comment: Being Nobody

I was sitting in the bank the other day, waiting for a colleague to finish a transaction at the desk. In front of me was a longish queue of people all seeking their few minutes with a bank teller. I

Comment: Bring on the wet towels

Back in the 1980s very few people, apart from me, seemed to take any interest in data protection. My first seminar on the subject attracted just 7 people. Things hotted up a little immediately after the passing of the EU

Comment: Crossing the street

It’s ironic that however much national or international laws seek to achieve social engineering objectives, they are often frustrated by judicial or local legislative sabotage, apathy, or indifference amongst those they seek to empower or control.

One of the biggest

Comment: The message is the medium

It’s many people’s favourite letter, the world’s most powerful sound, and the delightful Chinese word “Mamahuhu” (horses, tigers, or so-so) says it all. The letter “m” is everywhere that’s anywhere and a very important sound to note if someone is

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