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The economic effects of changes in labour laws: new evidence for the UK

Summary The economic effects of labour laws have been much debated. In seeking to protect workers, do they actually end up harming them and the economy? Do they introduce rigidities and distortions into hiring decisions, causing unemployment to rise? Or do labour laws, by protecting workers from arbitrary [...]

Delivering flexible working in practice: an agile approach

Summary In the UK, up to 4 million working adults have some form of flexi-time arrangement, and around 40% of working adults work from home at least once a week (ONS, 2023; Statista, 2022). The new Employment Relations (Flexible Working) Act aims to further improve workers’ access to [...]

How health platforms can improve healthcare in the Global South

Healthcare systems in Africa are severely underfunded, while more than half of Africa’s population is underserved for their healthcare needs. Increasing access to continuing professional development in medical knowledge through health platforms can improve healthcare access across the African continent. Knowledge transfer through digital health platforms can have unintended [...]

Getting the goods: Trade unions and the strategy in the quick-commerce sector

The rise of quick-commerce (q-commerce) platforms has reshaped the retail industry, posing new challenges for trade unions. This policy study examines q-commerce, which promises super-fast delivery of groceries, often under 30 minutes, and its potential threats to established collective bargaining patterns and trade union strongholds in bricks-and-mortar retail. Drawing [...]

China’s Regulations on Algorithms

On 1 March 2022, China’s Regulations on the Administration of Internet Information Service Recommendation Algorithms entered into effect. The new Chinese provisions, consisting of 35 brief articles, constitute a sweeping and comprehensive effort to regulate the use of ‘algorithmic recommendation services’ across society – addressing spheres ranging from news and social [...]

Digital Poverty in the UK

As every aspect of life – from job seeking to health care – moves online, digital connectivity is a daily necessity, not a luxury. Against the backdrop of the UK’s worst cost of living crisis in 40 years, discussions about fuel and food poverty are now joined by a [...]

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