Today, more than 28 million people in the EU work through digital platforms in a wide variety of sectors. With the aim of improving the working conditions of these platform workers, the Commission published a proposal for a Directive on 9 December 2021. According to the Commission, the proposed Directive should ensure greater protection of platform workers. If the Directive is adopted, European member states will have two years to adapt their national legislation accordingly.
In the event that a position becomes redundant, employers are obliged to investigate whether the affected employee can be reassigned to another suitable position, before they can pursue termination. The reassignment assessment must cover the entire group of companies, which raises a number of questions, especially for large multinationals. Because what exactly is expected of employers and what does this mean in practice?