- a description of duties,
- a starting date,
- the duration of the contract,
- the standard working day or reference hours for those with unpredictable work schedules.
EU law update: new minimum rights for gig economy workers agreed MEPs have approved minimum rights for workers in the expanding ‘gig economy’. The law aims to protect workers engaged in casual or short-term employment. In line with EU case law, workers who perform services for a certain time, for and under the direction of another person, and in return for remuneration will be covered by the new EU Directive. The stated aim of the new directive is to prevent employers from abusing the increasing flexibility in the labour market. Employment rights extended to more workers This means that workers in casual or short-term employment, on-demand workers, intermittent workers, platform workers (Deliveroo riders for example), as well as paid trainees and apprentices, will be entitled to a set of minimum rights, as long as they meet these criteria and provided they work 3 hours per week and 12 hours every 4 weeks on average. Genuinely self-employed workers are excluded from the new rules. Increased transparency in working terms and conditions Under the law, all workers will need to be informed from day one of their employment as a general principle, and no later than seven days where justified, of the fundamental terms of their employment contract. The terms required are: