Podcast CLINT | Littler Explains! Episode 7


#7 - Working in the Platform Economy, Explaind! - By Merel Keijzer


Fresh from the audio press CLINT | Littler Explains! – Working in the Platform Economy, Explained! – by Merel Keijzer

Every other week one topic of Dutch Employment & Labour Law is discussed by podcast host Jasper Hoffstedde and one of his colleagues. The listener gets easy and practical tips on how to best handle difficult or tricky situations. Today we present to you episode #7 – Working in the Platform Economy, Explained! – by Merel Keijzer.

The platform economy and how to shape it in labour law
Work platforms, you’ve probably used them – maybe even without knowing you did – but what are they exactly? Work platforms are the basis of the platform economy, consisting of apps like Deliveroo, Uber and Helpling. Consumers post assignments on these apps, which are accepted by workers to perform. Some platforms organize payment, handle complaints or even determine the worker’s fee. And for the division of work, these apps highly depend on algorithms, based on the platform’s input.

Platform workers generally were not regarded as employees, but in fact the above matters point into the direction of an employment relationship – as already judged by some courts. Platform workers may thus have been deprived from legal rights and social benefits. Merel specializes on the matter and shares her thoughts with you.

What is discussed?
Merel explains what difficulties need to be resolved to fit work platforms in labour law and society. How do algorithms influence the traditional employment relationship? How should we legally qualify platform workers and work platforms? Why is it necessary to do so for the society as a whole? Merel further discusses the state of affairs regarding European regulation and the possible implementation of the employment presumption. Which is also one of the key pillars of new Dutch regulation to be proposed on the matter in 2023.

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Show notes and additional information
Listed below you will find the show notes for this episode. For an interesting read on the matter by our today’s speaker we refer you to her blogposts.

00:00:47 – kick-off; short summary of what will be discussed

00:01:23 – work platforms, you’ve probably used them, but what are they exactly?

00:02:11 – Clint said: “Society is at odds with itself”, which is fitting to work platforms too, says Merel

00:03:05 – what difficulties need to be resolved to fit work platforms in labour law and society

00:04:10 – legal qualification of platform workers and work platforms; a triangle

00:05:55 – the necessity of a correct qualification for workers and the society as a whole

00:07:01 – the state of affairs regarding European regulation; the employment presumption

00:08:23 – algorithms and their influence on the concept of supervision of platform workers

00:09:59 – 60 second recap and key takeaway; correct qualification of the labour relationship


About the author

Jasper Hoffstedde

+31 (0)6 280 24 654



About the author

Merel works as a professional support lawyer at CLINT | Littler. She studied Law at the University of Utrecht and graduated from her masters in Private and Business Law. During her studies, Merel gained work experience at various law firms as a student intern and working student. In addition to her work at CLINT | Littler, Merel works as a PhD candidate at Utrecht University, where she conducts research into the responsibilities of employers and outsourcing companies in various forms of labour relations, including the platform economy.

Merel Keijzer

+31 (0)20 820 0330


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