New rights for gig economy workers are expected in the UK

8 Nov 2018

The British government’s proposition encompasses (a) new regulations to provide workers in the gig economy the right to have a fixed-hours contract after 12 months of uninterrupted services; (b) reduction of extreme flexibility with the provision of notice periods and compensation for cancelled shifts; (c) extension of employment rights to self-employed gig economy workers; (d) paid time off to venerable workers. These proposed modifications were based on the recommendations for modern working practices published last year by the UK government. Currently, there are about 1.1 million workers in Britain’s gig economy.   

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It is frequently mentioned that the Internet is changing the way in which we work. ICTs have blurred the traditional routine of work, free time, and sleep (8+8+8 hours), especially in multinational corporation working environment. It is increasingly difficult to distinguish where work starts and where it ends. These changes in working patterns may require new labour legislation, addressing such issues as working hours, the protection of labour interests, and remuneration.


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