|Author (Corporate)||European Commission: DG Employment Social Affairs and Inclusion|
|Series Details||COM (2021) 762|
|Content Type||Blog & Commentary, News, Policy-making|
Legislative initiative tabled by the European Commission on 9 December 2021, aimed at improving the working conditions in platform work and supporting the sustainable growth of digital labour platforms in the European Union (EU). This is a text with EEA relevance.
Digital labour platforms have created new opportunities, and improved access to services. However, it has also become increasingly difficult to correctly classify the employment status of people, leading in some cases to inadequate labour rights and social protection. In addition, the use of algorithms in platform work can raise questions of accountability and transparency.
The European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR) highlights the workers' right to fair and equal treatment regarding working conditions and access to social protection, regardless of the type and duration of the employment relationship. In her Political Guidelines, the President of the European Commission stated that digital transformation brought fast change that affects labour markets, and vowed to look at ways to improve the labour conditions of platform workers.
This draft Directive aims to deliver on this commitment and support the implementation of the EPSR Action Plan. The objectives include ensuring that people working through platforms hold the correct employment status and gain access to the applicable labour and social protection rights; ensuring fairness, transparency and accountability in algorithmic management in the platform work context; enhancing transparency, traceability and awareness of developments in platform work and improve enforcement of the applicable rules.
The initiative was adopted by the European Commission on 9 December 2021, alongside an explanatory Communication.
|Subject Categories||Employment and Social Affairs|
|Subject Tags||Digital Economy, Employment Policy, Labour Law, Working Conditions|
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|