Chapter 10. Legal and Organizational Aspects of Labour Relations in the Collaborative Economy

By Kosjenka Dumančić | Ivana Načinović Braje | Ana Aleksić

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Published: 19 Oct 2021

© 2021 Kosjenka Dumančić | Ivana Načinović Braje | Ana Aleksić


The app-enabled collaborative economy has grown dramatically in recent years and initiated some fundamental changes in work and employment. This chapter examines the differences in worker-employer relationship in traditional jobs that are not facilitated by the digital platforms and new jobs that are growing rapidly due to the use of digital platforms and are based on short-term, on demand, labor contracting. We specifically look at features of the work enabled by the digital platforms. The chapter emphasizes changes in labour driven by the digital platforms and features of work being the result of these platforms. Main legal issues associated with the position of the gig worker, employment status and employment contract for workers in the collaborative economy are also discussed, including the vision of future labour law rules and regulation.