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Newsletter April, 2021

European Commission launches a consultation on the employment status of platform workers

April, 2021
  • The European Commission started consulting social partners with a view to possibly undertake action “to address the challenges related to working conditions in the platform work”.
  • The World Employment Confederation-Europe and BUSINESSEUROPE submitted their views and asked the EU Commission to refrain from using a one-size-fits all approach to regulation of platform work at the EU level.
Newsletter March, 2021

UK Supreme Court judgment on Uber platform drivers as “workers” and its meaning

March, 2021
  • The long-standing case of Uber and others v. Aslam and others (2016) was finally settled by the UK Supreme Court that confirmed the views of the lower Courts stating Uber’s drivers status of “workers” within the UK legal system
  • The Supreme Court also determined what must be considered as working time for a Uber driver
Newsletter January, 2021

German Federal Labour Court decision on the case of a crowdworker and relative salary

January, 2021
  • The German Federal Labour Court (No. 9 AZR 102/201, 1 December 2020) re-classified the crowdworker as an employee
  • It determined also that for remuneration purposes, the company shall not be bound by pre-established fees that the worker received as a self-employed worker. 

New Zealand Employment Court’s decision on the case of a self-employed for a platform company

January, 2021
  • The Employment Court examined the terms of the Service Agreement, the intention of the parties and the relationship operated in practice.
  • It ruled against the classification of the complainant as an employee of Uber
Newsletter December, 2020

Outcomes of the survey report on enterprises response and impact of the Covid-19 crisis

December, 2020
  • The International Labour Organization – Bureau for Employers’ Activities (ILO-ACT/EMP) has recently published the outcome of a global survey conducted in cooperation with Employer and Business Membership Organizations (EBMOs).
  • The report allows a better understanding about the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on enterprise activities.

What is the situation of workers stranded at sea? A resolution adopted by the ILO Governing Body aims at mobilise governments

December, 2020
  • The resolution urges ILO Member States to engage in collaborative actions to identify obstacles to crew changes, and establish time-bound plans to solve this situation
  • In order to facilitate the movement of workers, the resolution suggests to designate seafarers as “key workers”.
Newsletter October, 2020

Spain: Supreme Court decision on the employment status of workers for a delivery company and social dialogue process on a "Riders Law"

October, 2020
  • Spanish Supreme Court held that the riders of a delivery company are employees.
  • This decision accelerated the government initiative towards the elaboration of a “Riders law”, with the involvement of the social partners.

G20 Ministerial Declaration on Labour and Employment and B20 Taskforce recommendations

October, 2020
  • G20 Ministries of Labour and Employment provided unconditional support to prioritising decent jobs for all and a robust and adaptive social protection system.
  • The B20 released its recommendations on the Future of Work and Education.

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