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Digital Work Platforms at the Interface of Labour Law: Regulating Market Organisers

ISBN13: 9781509949854
To be Published: April 2022
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £85.00

This book shows how to design labour rights to effectively protect digital platform workers, organise accountability on virtual workspaces, and guarantee workers' collective representation and action. It acknowledges that digital work platforms entail enormous risks for workers, and at the same time it reveals the extent to which labour law is in need of reconstruction.

The book focusses on the conceptual links – often overlooked in the past – between labour law's categories and its regulatory approaches. By explaining and analysing the wealth of approaches that deconstruct and reconceptualise labour law, the book uncovers the organisational ideas that permeate labour law's categories as well as its policy approaches in a variety of jurisdictions, in particular the EU Member States. These ideas reveal a lack of fit between labour law's traditional concepts and digital platform work: digital work platforms rarely behave like hierarchical organisations; instead, they more often function as market organisers.

The book provides a fresh perspective for international academic and policy debates on the regulation of digital work platforms, as well as on the purposes and foundations of labour law. It offers a way out of the impasse the debate around labour law classification has reached, by showing what labour law could learn from digital law approaches to platforms – and vice versa.

Employment Law
Table of Cases
Table of Statutes
1. Introduction: Just Another Technical Revolution?
2. Digital Work Platforms as Objects of Regulation
3. Fitting Pegs into Holes: Classification in Labour Law
4. Theoretical Foundations of Employment Classification
5. Digital Work Platforms as Organisations
6. Labour Law Categories for Workers on Market Organising Platforms
7. Enabling Workers and Holding Platforms Accountable
8. Summary and Conclusions