Platform workers need stronger legal protection

This year will be a crucial year for the platform economy. After the European Commission’s proposal on improving working conditions in platform work in December 2021 and long discussions in …

McDonald’s Ex-HR Chief Hit With Novel Ruling Over Toxic Culture

McDonald’s Corp.’s former chief people officer, who was fired for sexual harassment, must face claims that he spent years ignoring red flags about its toxic workplace culture, a Delaware judge …

Giving Four Months’ Notice or Paying to Quit Has These Workers Feeling Trapped

Last spring, a doctor for Concentra Inc., the leading US occupational health-care company, told his boss he wanted to quit. The workload of as many as 40 patients a day was too …

Academics sue Oxford University over ‘Uberisation’ of teaching contracts

Two academics are suing Oxford University for employing them as gig economy workers in a case which draws on the landmark ruling that gave Uber drivers the right to paid …

What a Gay Flight Attendant’s Lost Discrimination Case Says About LGBTQ Rights in China

Last week, it was made public that a Shenzhen court in March 2022 dismissed a high-profile discrimination lawsuit brought by a gay flight attendant, Chai Cheng, against his former employer, China Southern …

In Lyon, Uber ordered to pay 17 million euros to 139 drivers

(article in French) The Labor Court forced the VTC company to reclassify the contracts of 139 drivers. A “quite historic” decision for their lawyer. It is a particularly heavy fine. …

OpenAI Used Kenyan Workers on Less Than $2 Per Hour to Make ChatGPT Less Toxic

ChatGPT was hailed as one 2022’s most impressive technological innovations upon its release last November. The powerful artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot can generate text on almost any topic or theme, …

Noncompete Clauses: What Are They and How Is the FTC Trying to Ban Them?

Should your employer be able to stop you from getting a new job? If you have a summer internship, for example, should the company be able to prevent you from …

Making labour law fit for all those who labour

EU anti-discrimination law applies to all ‘personal work’—not just employment contracts—the Court of Justice has ruled. In December 2017, ‘JK’ and his partner published on their YouTube channel a Christmas music video …

“Riders are salaried workers”: the Turin judges’ ruling

Translation (original in Italian) TURIN. The Court of Turin has ruled in favor of eight Glovo bike riders who had filed an appeal asking to be recognized as employees. The …

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