Bitter Blow For Gig Workers As EU Legislation Blocked

The much-debated and long-anticipated EU Platform Work Directive has been blocked due to member states either abstaining or refusing to support the latest version.  The vote last week was already a last ditch attempt following years of negotiations. What is the issue?  The proposals have been controversial from the outset, particularly in relation to the […]

EU Finally Agrees On Proposed Platform Work Directive

After more than a year of protracted negotiations, the European Union Council has finally agreed their Platform Work Directive which could see gig economy workers presumed employees even if they are engaged on a self-employed basis.  The proposed legislation includes the following provisions: Seven criteria for deciding if a platform worker should be considered an […]

EU Finally Agrees Platform Workers Rights

After months of negotiations, the European Parliament has finally agreed it’s position on platform workers rights with a new EU Directive set to give this important workforce much-needed protections. In essence, the legislation will mean that these self-employed platform workers will need to be engaged as employees and receive all the statutory rights of employment.  […]

Significant Legal Change Could Impact All Workers

On Thursday 22 September, the beginnings of a potentially huge legal change commenced which seems to have gone largely unnoticed.  Jacob Rees-Mogg introduced a bill to put an end to EU-based legislation the UK has kept since Brexit which could affect working time regulations, the right to paid holiday, Agency Workers Regulations (AWR), aspects of discrimination […]

Gig Economy Workers To Become Employees By Default

New EU rules mean that platform economy workers will be presumed to be employees of the digital platform that engages them.  This in turn will require apps and platforms to ensure that their workers receive minimum wage, paid holidays and pension rights.  Most of their workers are currently engaged as self-employed, and therefore with no […]