The European Parliament has approved new rules which will set minimum rights and increase transparency for workers in the so called Gig Economy. The UK will only be obliged to implement the new rules if it is still a member state of the EU three years after the new rules come in to force.
The laws will require employers to inform all workers about essential aspects of their employment on the first day, which includes a description of their duties, start date and pay information and an indication of working days or reference hours. Furthermore, exclusively clauses will be banned.
The new rules will apply to all those who work at least three hours per week, averaged over 4 weeks, and it is anticipated that the rules will catch at least 3,000,000 people. The rules will also apply to trainees and apprentices in similar circumstances.