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EU strengthens rights for workers on call

The European Parliament has agreed on new minimum rights for employees of the so-called gig economy. They include a probationary period limited to six months as well as compulsory and free training.

08 May. 2019
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The rights will apply to workers in casual and short-term jobs, to on-call or voucher-based employment, to temporary workers and to jobs provided via online platforms. They also apply to paid trainees and apprentices, but not to self-employed workers. Among other things, the workers concerned must be informed of the essential aspects of their employment contract from the outset. Those who work on call or in similar forms of employment will benefit from predefined reference hours to ensure a minimum level of predictability. Employers must also offer free and compulsory training that is counted as working hours. Member states of the EU now have three years to implement the requirements in national legislation.

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