Day: July 23, 2020

Choosing the right innovation destination is key to recovery

At a time when many companies are considering onshoring operations to minimise risk, it is heartening to find data confirming that Europe is attractive to global innovators – both as an R&D destination and as a large, relatively-stable marketplace in its own right.

So, should innovative businesses be considering onshoring or expanding their R&D activities in the UK in the months ahead?

Research undertaken jointly by European intellectual property firm, Withers & Rogers, and Econsight, confirms the high volume of patents filed in Europe between 2013-2019 and sheds light on the countries where protection is most often sought for fast-developing technologies, such as sensors, battery tech, digital health and AI and machine learning. As business activity starts to re-gain momentum, innovative owner-managed businesses and corporates could consider strengthening their presence in this proven market.

There is much to gain from onshoring innovation activity in the UK, due to its excellent

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Women told to dress ‘sexier’ and ‘look nicer’ when working from home

Offices may be closed but workplace sexism is still thriving – with women being told to dress “sexier” and wear make up for video calls, according to a new survey.

The figures from employment law firm Slater and Gordon showed 35% of women had experienced at least one sexist workplace demand since the coronavirus lockdown started in March.

Reasons given for suggesting how employees should dress included saying it would “help to win new business” or that it was important to “look nicer for the team”.

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The survey questioned 2,000 people who are normally based in offices but have been working from home during the lockdown.

“It was hoped that HR [human resources] departments would see a dramatic decline in reports of sexist behaviour as offices closed down across the country,” the report said.

However, it added, the survey

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American Lawyer’s Thomas hired by Reuters

David Thomas

David Thomas, a reporter at American Lawyer, has been hired by Reuters to cover the business of law.

At American Lawyer, Thomas has been covering the business of law, with an emphasis on national and global law firms.

He had been at ALM Media for the past year. Before that, Thomas spent four years at the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. He was also associate editor of Inside U.S. Trade. He was also a reporter at the DeKalb Daily Chronicle.

Thomas holds a bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University and a master’s degree from the University of Illinois-Springfield.

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