EU rules provide for greater protection for gig workers

The European Parliament has approved new EU rules aimed at providing greater protections for gig economy workers.

The BBC reports the new rules, which apply to those in ‘on-demand’ jobs working at least three hours a week (averaged over four weeks) at employers such Uber or Deliveroo, as well as trainees and apprentices working in similar circumstances, will require employers to inform all workers about ‘essential aspects’ of their employment on their first day, including:

  • Description of their work duties
  • Start date and pay information
  • Indication of what a standard working day entails, or reference hours
  • Right to compensation for late cancelling of shift
  • Just one probationary period, lasting six months at most
  • The enabling of employees to have other jobs, preventing ‘exclusivity clauses’.

Member states now have a maximum of three years to enforce the new rules, while the UK will only be obliged to implement the law if it is still a member state of the EU three years after the new regulation enters into force.

However, the UK has already introduced similar rules at a national level after government acted on recommendations in the Taylor Review in its Good Work Plan.

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