BEERG: EU Passes Directive Covering Gig Workers

May 03, 2019

The EU Commission approved a law covering gig economy workers and aimed at providing more transparent and predictable employment.

The law covers “workers in casual or short-term employment, on-demand workers, intermittent workers, voucher-based workers, platform workers, as well as paid trainees and apprentices” as long as they “pass the threshold of working three hours per week and 12 hours per four weeks on average.”

The Directive is the first legally binding measure resulting from the European Pillar of Social Rights, which was proclaimed by the European Commission, Parliament, and Council in 2017.

Employers must provide all workers within the scope of the directive with: 

  • A description of essential duties,
  • A starting date and pay information,
  • Predetermined reference hours, and
  • Compensation for late cancelling of work.

The Directive further limits employers to one probationary period, lasting a maximum of six months, and bans "exclusivity clauses."

"All workers who have been in limbo will now be granted minimum rights thanks to this directive... from now on no employer will be able to abuse the flexibility in the labour market" said MEP Enrique Calvet Chambon, who led the effort to pass the law.

EU member states will have three years to put the rules in place.

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