Our key takeaway: If your company is relying on platform-based workers, like delivery drivers, ride-share drivers and other gig workers, then this update is for you. The European Parliament has proposed and adopted an updated Directive to improve working conditions in platform work, which seeks to amend earlier text drafted by the European Commission. The EU Parliament will now enter into negotiations with the European Commission and Council before the Directive is passed as EU law. Core themes reflected across the amended Directive are to strengthen rights and protections for gig and contract workers, who face high risks of precarious work, low wages, health and safety impacts and lack of social safety nets. Key actions: ensure that platform workers are correctly classified; ensure that workers do not lose out on worker protections or benefits as a result of precarious employment; and conduct due diligence on algorithm-powered automated decision-making and monitoring systems that can have unintended human rights consequences for workers.
The European Parliament has adopted the Report on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on improving working conditions in platform work (21 December 2022):