Last month Uber announced that it will pay up to $100 million to settle class action claims from US drivers claiming to be employees rather than self-employed contractors. The global ride-hailing service is fighting similar battles on a number of fronts, including a lawsuit in the UK from drivers seeking worker rights and compensation for lost earnings.This new world of contingent labour does not come without costs, and is in many ways seriously testing old labour codes that demarcate the self-employed from the employed. The distinction is an important one.
Achieving a balance in the area of family leave is critical for multinationals. HR leaders should ask themselves: How can we develop family friendly leave policies that comply with local labor laws and customs, and encourage a healthy work-life balance, all while ensuring that our growing business remains financially sustainable?
Today’s technology has brought us the so-called “sharing economy,” and it is growing by leaps and bounds, not only in the West but around the world. Simple in concept, the sharing economy is also disruptive and has the potential to change the nature of work and careers. Here’s an overview of trends to look out for in two important global economic regions, Europe and Asia.
In an agreement announced between unions and employers, covered workers are now guaranteed 11 consecutive hours of uninterrupted time off — that is, time in which they can not only be out of the office but also free from the demands of work devices. Employers will be responsible for allowing employees to disconnect and for developing a means by which they can disconnect.