New EU draft legislation to improve status of millions of workers

Gig economy workers could get employee rights under the new EU proposal.

The EU has proposed new draft legislation that would require gig economy companies like Uber and Deliveroo to provide their workers with the minimum wage, access to sick pay, holidays and other rights.

The new proposal aims to crack down on fake self-employment and could improve the employee rights of millions of workers. The European Commission hopes to shift the burden of proof on employment status from the individuals to the companies who employ them.

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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