“I now pronounce you contractor”: Prop22, labour platforms and legislative doublespeak

The story goes that, during a Lent fast that must have felt very long for French king Louis XIV, his chief minister Cardinal Giulio Mazzarino decided to offer some relief …

‘Master and Servers’: Collective Labour Rights and Private Government in the Contemporary World of Work

This paper explores the issues of subordination and authority in the contemporary world of work as they are exacerbated by new forms of work-surveillance that track emotions and mental states …

Collective-bargaining rights for platform workers

The pioneering Danish collective agreement on platform-based domestic workers has been vitiated by a misguided ruling by its competition authority. https://www.socialeurope.eu/collective-bargaining-rights-for-platform-workers/

Are We Managers or Corporals?

“On May 29, breaking news hit the front pages of the Italian major newspapers. According to these sources, the Milan Tribunal had placed Uber Eats Italy under special administration over alleged gangmastering offences. The …

Regulation and the future of work: The employment relationship as an innovation facilitator

Digital transformation and the reorganization of the firm have given rise to new forms of work that diverge significantly from the standard employment relationship. Advocates of digital disruption suggest that …

EU Court of Justice’s decision on employment status does not leave platforms off the hook

“In late April 2020, the Court of Justice of the EU handed down an order in response to a request for a preliminary ruling on working time protection from a UK …

Covid-19 crisis makes clear a new concept of ‘worker’ is overdue

The crisis has highlighted the vulnerability of those outside conventional employment. A broader concept of ‘worker’ is needed to protect them equally. The Covid-19 crisis has found the western world, …

Delivering employment rights to platform workers

On January 24, the Italian Supreme Court (Corte di Cassazione) found in favour of some food-delivery riders litigating against their platform. The Court decided to apply a 2015 legislation that …

Rethinking the Competition Law/Labour Law Interaction

The spread of non-standard forms of work, including platform work, has created some friction between labour law and competition law, in particular concerning the collective bargaining of self-employed workers. This …

ETUC: New trade union strategies for new forms of employment

The survey was commissioned by the ETUC and carried out by Professors Countouris and De Stefano to explore options for new legal conceptual frameworks implied by the rise of ‘new …

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