Introducing Guides

As for 2022, Reshaping Work wants to go beyond the policy discussions and provide practical guides for all the parties interested in advancing working conditions. By outlining action points, we hope to accelerate decent and fair future of work.

Securing the Future – Social Safety Net for All

What should constitute an adequate minimum level of social protection and how can we finance it?

The 1948 Universal Declaration on Human Rights proclaimed that “everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security”. Seventy-five years later, it is still not the case. The current assessment of social protection is mostly based on a traditional labour market, which does not reflect the changes seen in most recent years. Among such are the growing prevalence of self-employment & various flexible work arrangements.

Consequently, workers experience fluctuating income and encounter limited access to socio-economic rights, including social security. The inadequacy of existing measures were even more highlighted during the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving many workers in precarious situations, struggling to make ends meet, and facing heightened risks (Eurofound 2021; ILO 2021a).

The following guide sets out to disentangle: 

  1. How can we establish a robust social safety net that transcends the traditional dichotomy of worker vs. self-employed; and
  2.  How can we finance it? 

Our guide focuses predominantly on platform work, but policy recommendations apply across the board, with all workers beyond traditional employment relationships in mind. 

Before you dive deep into the policy guide, discover how your views on designing social safety nets for all, match with the outlook of other stakeholders.

The Rebuttable Presumption of Employment in Practice – Possible Issues and Solutions

The European Commission’s proposal for a directive on improving the working conditions in platform work is leading the way in efforts to regulate this new form of work. While all the concerned parties welcome the directive, many have oppositive views on rebuttable presumption of the employment and its criteria.

To encourage evidence-based discussion and facilitate mutual understanding between various actors in the platform economy, Reshaping Work Dialogue initiative organized an interactive workshop exploring the impact of the platform work directive. This mini report summarizes the main discussion points, challenges, and possible solutions as seen by various stakeholders.

*This mini-report is the outcome of the workshop and not a comprehensive overview on the proposed directive. The views expressed in this mini-report are of the workshop participants.

AI and Ethics in Organizations: Starter Guide

Artificial intelligence is now applied across many jobs, sectors, and industries. AI-powered software is used by both traditional companies and digital labour platforms to automate a great variety of tasks.

Given the urgency for responsible and human-centric application of AI systems in the world of work, Reshaping Work partnered with the Ethical Data Science Association (EDSA) of Erasmus University Rotterdam to establish necessary steps in translating AI ethical principles into practice; thus, ensuring the democratisation of workplaces. Applying the AI Ethics Maturity Model developed by EDSA, this guide defines concrete actions that make it possible to advance data science ethics within an organisation.

*This guide is the outcome of the workshop and not a comprehensive guide on how to implement AI within organisations.

Cite this publication:

Reshaping Work (2021). Advancing Quality of Work & Working Conditions for Workers in the Diverse Forms of Employment. Authors: Jovana Karanovic and Nicole Stofberg. Future of Work Project, Multistakeholder Dialogue.

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