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France prepares new labor statute for platforms such as Uber

By Silvia Castro Betancourt 0 Comments NEWS, Industry News

This article was written and published in Spanish and has been translated into English via Google Translate. Click here to read the original article.

The French government is preparing a legislative amendment aimed at platforms like Uber to determine working conditions and reduce hazards for workers, in exchange for ensuring flexibility for companies. Workers would assume a status halfway between employee and self-employed.

This move would formalize the employment relationship with "a letter that can be approved by the State," explained the Minister of Labor, Muriel Pénicaud, in an interview published by Le Figaro.

"The general idea is to provide the people who work for the platforms with new protections and at the same time guarantee the development of this new independent model," he said.

In this framework, which would not be mandatory for companies, the non-exclusive nature of the relationship between the platform and the worker would be established, as well as the modalities of remuneration that would ensure a decent remuneration.

One of the great innovations of it is that the worker would accumulate rights for vocational training in the same ways as a typical employee, and would be equally covered by the same measures of prevention for occupational risks. The rules for breaking the contractual relationship would also be included.

Although the social responsibility letter would not be mandatory, the fact that it can be approved by the Administration and can function as an incentive for companies is a win in and of itself.

This initiative has been incorporated into a Parliament-debated bill on vocational training and unemployment insurance in the form of an amendment. Deputy of the government majority, Aurélien Taché, stressed that this reform "lays the foundation of the universality of rights."

"This amendment is a clear ideological marker of the social vision" of French President Emmanuel Macron, he said in a statement, and added that he estimated the bill could create a million jobs.

This article was written and published in Spanish and has been translated into English via Google Translate. Click here to read the original article.

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