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Turning the clock forward

By Ursula Huws / 15 April, 2021

The Covid pandemic has drawn new attention to the key importance of personal services for household survival, ranging from food delivery to care services. But all too often such services are provided by precarious workers, often employed via online platforms. Platform work is widespread across Europe and growing rapidly, research […]

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‘Old’ rules and protections for the ‘new’ world of work

By Sacha Garben / 15 April, 2021

The labour status of people working in the online platform economy is key to their socio-economic protection. But it has proven a difficult issue for courts and regulators. The EU is considering introducing a ‘rebuttable presumption of employment’ to help address this problem. What could this entail exactly?  For some […]

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“Like a boss” – management by algorithm is taking over at the workplace

By Valerio de Stefano / 15 April, 2021

All managerial functions are now entrusted to algorithm-powered tools, raising large expectations and new risks. This trend is not confined to platform work. No economic sector is immune to the adoption of such systems. The EU institutions are engaged in a promising process that may lead to new regulatory solutions, […]

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