New forms of work: deal on measures boosting workers’ rights

workers 2019__

(Unsplash, 2019)

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament.


EP negotiators struck a deal with EU ministers on minimum rights for workers with on-demand, voucher-based or platform jobs, such as Uber or Deliveroo.

Every person who has an employment contract or employment relationship as defined by law, collective agreements or practice in force in each member state should be covered by these new rights. The case law of the Court of Justice, stating that a worker performs services for a certain time for and under the direction of another person in return for remuneration, should be also taken into account.
This would mean that workers in casual or short-term employment, on-demand workers, intermittent workers, voucher-based workers, platform workers, as well as paid trainees and apprentices, deserve a set of minimum rights, as long as they meet these criteria and pass the threshold of working 3 hours per week and 12 hours per 4 weeks on average.
Genuinely self-employed workers would be excluded from the new rules.
Increased transparency
According to the approved text, all workers need to be informed from day one as a general principle, and no later than seven days where justified, of the essential aspects of their employment contract, such as a description of duties, a starting date, the duration, remuneration, standard working day or reference hours for those with unpredictable work schedules.
MEPs successfully pushed for a maximal coverage of workers across the EU on the basis of common EU case law, not excluding major groups due to varying national definitions. MEPs also strongly pushed for providing key information to be shared once work starts.
Better protection for new forms of employment
To cover new forms of employment, the agreement defines a specific set of rights.

  • Predictable working hours and deadline for cancellation: workers under on-demand contracts or similar forms of employment should benefit from a minimum level of predictability such as predetermined reference hours and reference days. Workers should be able to refuse, without consequences, an assignment outside predetermined hours or be compensated if the assignment was not cancelled in time.
  • Member states shall adopt measures to prevent abusive practices in on-demand or similar employment contracts. Such measures can include limits to the use and duration of the contract, a rebuttable presumption on the existence of an employment contract with a minimum amount of paid hours, based on the average hours worked during a given period, or other measures with an equivalent effect. Such measures will need to be communicated to the Commission.
  • More than one job: the employer should not prohibit, penalise or hinder workers from taking jobs with other companies if this falls outside the work schedule established with that employer.

New rules for probationary period and training
Probationary periods should be no longer than six months or proportionate to the expected duration of the contract in case of fixed-term employment. A renewed contract for the same function should not result in a new probationary period.
Mandatory training foreseen in European and national legislation should be provided free of charge by the employer and count as working time. When possible, such training should be completed within working hours.
Quote
Enrique Calvet Chambon (ALDE, ES), the rapporteur said, “Today is an important day for citizens. We have obtained a provisional agreement to establish a minimum level of protection for workers, and we have significantly updated and adapted the current framework and rules to new forms of employment: flexible labour contracts but with minimum protection, increased transparency and predictability.”
It was crucial to deliver the first EU legislation on working conditions and increased minimum rights after almost 20 years. I believe that we have achieved the best possible deal and that the more vulnerable workers will benefit from a European minimum protection framework that will fight abuse and regulate the flexibility of new forms of employment with minimum rights.
These minimum rights matters to the life of 500 million Europeans; it’s a response to their expectations and will contribute to balance flexibility with security. This is a big step forward to reinforce and enhance the European social model and cohesion for the future. These new forms of employment will now be supported by basic minimum concrete rights at European level. ”
Next steps
The informally agreed text will have to be confirmed by a committee vote and a plenary vote, which should take place in April.

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

the European Sting Milestones

Featured Stings

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

These are the top 10 emerging technologies of 2019

3 unexpected consequences of the US-China trade war

Europe to turn the Hamburg G20 Summit into a battlefield

Women to save Europe’s own labour resources

The European Brain Drain: hard facts and harder truths

Are e-cigarettes as safe as they claim to be?

Brazil’s hopeless future of science

Tobacco in Pakistan: is it worth to burn your money?

How the tech sector can power the shift to a sustainable economy

8 things we need to do to tackle humanitarian crises in 2019

Vestager vs. Google: a fight to ensure a competitive innovation framework

E-cigars: Improbable ally or enemy in disguise?

Global growth is slowing amid rising trade and financial risks

Hot air behind your cold fridge? Why the future of cooling must be sustainable

Google succumbs unconditionally to EU’s “right to be forgotten” ruling

On Grexit: Incompetence just launched the historic Ultimatum that could open “pandora’s box”

Trump rejects Europe’s offer for zero car tariffs; he had personally tabled that idea in July

EU to spend €6 billion on youth employment and training futile schemes

OECD employment rate increases to 68.2% in the first quarter of 2018

Twenty days that may remold the future of Europe

5 surprising ways to reuse coffee grounds

Human trafficking cases hit a 13-year record high, new UN report shows

Sweden gives all employees time off to be entrepreneurs

Shinzō Abe, on the right, and Jean-Claude Juncker at EU-Japan Summit in Tokyo last week. (Copyright: European Union, 2018 / Photo: Etienne Ansotte)

EU and Japan ratify first FTA ever to include Paris Climate Agreement provision

EU’s Bank signs € 150 million loan to India as part of record investment in clean energy

Sustainable Infrastructure and Connectivity in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI): a stimulating China-EU dialogue at European Business Summit 2018

How cities are failing to be inclusive – and what they can do about it

Most ‘precious’ and ‘scarce’ resource of our time is dialogue, UN chief tells Doha policy forum

Portugal: €4.66 million in aid for 1,460 dismissed workers and jobless young

Climate Change and Human Health: Two Faces of The Same Coin

Connected Claims returns to London in 2018

Draghi cuts the Gordian knot of the Banking Union

The global economy is woefully unprepared for biological threats. This is what we need to do

Draghi joined Macron in telling Germany how Eurozone must be reformed

Can Europe and the US reverse their nationalist and xenophobic drift? Is the West becoming belligerent?

The challenges of mental health: an inconvenient reality

Long-term EU budget: MEPs lay down funding priorities for post-2020 budget

MWC 2016 LIVE: Xiaomi looks to revive growth with flagships

Dieselgate: Parliament calls for mandatory retrofits of polluting cars

Final vote on European Solidarity Corps

How TV has brought mental health issues into the light – and helped to banish stigma

How Hawaii plans to be the first US state to run entirely on clean energy

The true EU unemployment rate may have soared to 21.9%

“TTIP can boost the European project”; the Sting reports live from EBS 2015 on TTIP

Gloomy new statistics signify no end to Eurozone’s economic misery

Climate activist Greta Thunberg urges MEPs to put words into action

Scotland wants to create an ethical stock exchange (Post Brexit)

“We always honor our words, and in that respect we expect our partners to honor their words as well”, China’s State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi highlights live from Brussels

Digital IDs and the Digital Economy: the (still) missing link?

UNESCO experts ready to assist reconstruction of iconic Notre Dame, following devastating blaze

UN-led Yemen ceasefire monitoring team gets ready to begin operations

Business should be joyful – just ask the sports world

The Commission neglects the services sector and favours industry

Yes, together we can make a change! YO!Fest and EYE 2016

€2 billion to fast forward the creation of the European Innovation Council

The three US financial war fleets

EU decides “in absentia” of civil society

Politics still matter in the US but not in Europe

Eurozone stagnates after exporting its recession to trading partners

From philanthropy to profit: how clean energy is kickstarting sustainable development in East Africa

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s