What does ‘Fire and Rehire’ mean?
‘Fire and rehire’ (also called dismissal and re-engagement) is a practice used by some businesses when they need to change their employees’ contractual terms and conditions. Clearly, the best solution in these circumstances is to try to reach an agreement with the employees or their union, but this is not always possible. In these cases, the employer may choose to dismiss the employees, by giving contractual notice of termination. and immediately offer them re-employment in the same role, with different contractual terms. Firing and rehiring practices are seen as controversial because they force employees into either accepting conditions that they have already refused or losing their jobs.
In March 2023, following a review on pro-innovation regulation for digital technologies by Sir Patrick Vallance, the UK government announced plans to seek to clarify the relationship between intellectual property and generative AI. To do so, the government sought to work with users and rights holders on a code of practice on copyright and AI, which it hoped would strike a balance between AI developers’ requirement to access data to train their AI models, and content creators who have the right to control access to their works. The first working group meetings were held in June 2023.
Music Sampling – What Is It?
Music sampling is a practice which involves artists digitally incorporating segments of existing sound recordings into new compositions. Some modern examples include Drake’s ‘Hotline Bling’ of 2015 which sampled Timmy Thomas’ 1972 hit ‘Why Can’t We Live Together?' Another example comes from Beyoncé's 2011 ‘Run The World (Girls), which took large sections of Major Lazer’s 2009 track ‘Pon de Floor.'
Mediator and dispute resolution partner Will Cole considers some recent developments in ADR north and south of the border from a Scottish perspective, including the Court of Appeal’s recent decision in Churchill v Merthyr Tydfil, and the implications for commercial litigation in Scotland.
During the August 2023 International Book Festival, Paul Motion and Lauren McFarlane from our creative industries team attended ‘From Page to Screen: Mayflies’, during which Andrew O’Hagan (author of Mayflies) discussed the adaptation of his book along with the screenwriter Andrea Gibb and executive producer of Synchronicity Films, Claire Mundell, who adapted the book into a two-part television drama starting Martin Compston and Tony Curran. This event offered an unusual – and enlightening – insight into the creative journey of adapting a book.