The current social protection discourse, gig economy within the advent of COVID-19: some emerging legal arguments

Gig workers are classified as independent contractors, a designation often accompanied by limited rights – a recurring theme within employment laws across diverse jurisdictions. The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the necessity for enhanced protections and benefits for gig workers. Many in this category have been disproportionately affected by the economic downturn and health risks associated with their work. Amidst evolving case law and legislative efforts, the recognition has grown that gig workers may require additional safeguards. There is an increasing argument that platforms should bear a measure of responsibility to ensure social protections for gig workers.