Gig Economy Workers To Get Employee Rights Under EU Proposals

Gig economy companies operating in the European Union, such as Uber and Deliveroo, must ensure workers get the minimum wage, access to sick pay, holidays and other employment rights, unless they use genuinely independent contractors, under plans for new laws to crack down on fake self-employment. From a report: Publishing long-awaited draft legislation on Thursday, the European Commission said the burden of proof on employment status would shift to companies, rather than the individuals that work for them. Until now, gig economy workers have had to go to court to prove they are employees, or risk being denied basic rights. Nicolas Schmit, EU commissioner for jobs and social rights, told the Guardian and other European newspapers that internet platforms "have used grey zones in our legislation [and] all possible ambiguities" to develop their business models, resulting in a "misclassification" of millions of workers.

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