G20 labor ministers look to avoid misclassification of gig workers

Rules to protect 'gig economy' workers

  
A Jordanian farmer picks olives during a harvest at a farm in Irbid city, north of Amman November 18, 2014.

A Jordanian farmer picks olives during a harvest at a farm in Irbid city, north of Amman November 18, 2014.

REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed

ROME- Labor ministers from many of the world's biggest economies in the Group of 20 said on Wednesday they will pursue tougher rules to protect 'gig economy' workers.

In a statement following a meeting in Sicily, the ministers said they wanted to avoid any misclassification of the employment status for such gig workers that "might prevent them from accessing the same protections and rights of employees".

The G20 meeting comes as the European Union is set to propose an EU-wide regulatory framework by year-end, and courts and regulators have sought to address perceived shortcomings in the gig economy. 

(Reporting by Giselda Vagnoni; Editing by Crispian Balmer) ((giselda.vagnoni@thomsonreuters.com; +39 06 85224210;))


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