MADRID (AP) – The Spanish government on Thursday announced legislation to classify food suppliers as employees of the digital platforms they work for, rather than a self-employed legal change that could have far-reaching consequences for Spanish business.
Legislation also makes it a turning point for companies operating platforms such as Glovo ive Deliveroo to provide their employees’ legal representatives with information on how their algorithms ական AI systems work գործում Assign performance և , among other aspects.
Labor Minister Yolanda Diaz said the new law was “pioneering” and was part of a “modernization of the labor market” in Spain, updating regulations to meet technological developments to protect workers’ rights.
He described how digital systems were used to describe the rule as “epic”, saying it “neutralizes algorithmic penalties”.
Legal changes are the latest influencing companies and employees in the economy. Last month, the British Supreme Court ruled that Uber drivers should be classified as “employees” rather than self-employed, which was considered a major setback for the swimming giant.
The Spanish government has agreed a new law with the confederations of trade unions of the country’s main business groups.
But the law, which is expected to take effect in months, was quickly challenged by the Association of Digital Platforms for Food Services, some riders who prefer the flexibility of self-employment.
The Association of Service Platforms said the algorithm disclosure rule was “a measure that will undoubtedly have a very negative impact on the development of the digital economy in Spain”.
This rule “attacks the most fundamental principles of freedom of business and intellectual property rights,” the association said in a statement.
The legislation came after the Spanish Supreme Court ruled last September that horsemen delivering food were workers rather than self-employed workers in a case filed by a former Glovo rider.