Employment Protection for Workers in the ‘Gig-Economy’: Comparative Perspectives

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27 March 2019 at 5:30 pm – 27 March 2019 at 8:00 pm
Monash Conference Centre, 30 Collins Street, Melbourne
Business Law and Taxation; Global Business


‘Gig’ workers engaged by digital platforms as independent contractors are very often considered the losers of the ‘sharing economy’ – working without any guaranteed amount of work or rights and entitlements such as the minimum wage.

Giving them access to employment rights and social protections enjoyed by employees has been floated; but this has been controversial, with mixed legal decisions from all over the world.

Is it time to consider a different distribution of employment protections aimed at reworking the current rigid dichotomy of employment (full rights) versus self-employment (no rights)?

Monash Business School’s Labour, Equality and Human Rights Research Group (LEAH) is hosting guest speaker Professor Emanuele Menegatti, Dean of the School of Economics and Management at the University of Bologna, to discuss cases from around the world.


Emanuele Menegatti is Full Professor of Labour Law and Dean of the School of Economics and Management at the University of Bologna, where he is also a member of the Board of the PhD program in European Law. His main fields of specialization are Comparative and EU Labour Law. His main research interests include minimum wage regulation, new forms of work in the gig/sharing/on-demand economy, social action of the European Union.