Digital Platform workers

Digitalization has had a significant impact on the market and its participants, including digital platform workers. Due to the lack of ‘hard and fast rules’ discussions could arise as to whether a platform worker qualifies as an employee or self-employed worker. These discussions could arise between the platform business and the platform worker, but could for example also be initiated by the tax authorities.

Qualification of the working relationship

The qualification of a platform worker as an employee or self-employed worker may have a serious effect on the applicable rights, obligations, and the degree of protection the individual is entitled to. The adequate qualification of the working relationship between the platform business and worker is not only of relevance to  the platform worker, but also to the platform business  as a wrong qualification could have substantial consequences for the platform business, both from a civil law and tax law perspective.

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