The European Commission has introduced a provisional agreement to create more transparent and predictable working conditions, especially for workers in the so-called "non-standard forms of employment".
The proposal aims to put into practice the European Pillar of Social Rights, a European initiative launched in 2017 that aims at delivering new and more effective social rights for people across Europe.
According to the Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills, and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen, workers will benefit from new rights leading to more predictable working conditions.
The proposal intends to modernise the law and adapt it to the realities of the current labour market, by combining the current work practices and needs, such as flexible labour contracts, with minimum protection.
Some groups of workers, such as workers on zero-hour contracts, domestic or voucher-based workers, platform workers and other short-term workers, who were until now excluded from existing protections, are now covered by the law.
Up to the present, this provisional agreement still needs to be formally adopted by both the European Parliament and the Council.
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