The rider is a subordinate worker: Milan’s Labour Court orders Glovo to reintegrate him

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On 29 November 2022, with a first instance decision, Milan’s Labour Court ordered Glovo to reintegrate a rider that had been disconnected and to give him an employment contract. The decision of the Court was based on the Italian Jobs Act (art. 2 of the legislative decree 81/2015). The Jobs Act states that collaborators who cooperate with a company on a continuous basis and whose workplace and work time are determined by the company are hetero-organised and have a right to the same working conditions as subordinate workers. Italian Courts have already ruled that delivery riders belong to this category of workers based on the Jobs Act on previous occasions. This time, however, the Court of Milan went further, stating that the rider was from all points of view a subordinate worker. The rider concerned by the decision took Glovo to Court after the company terminated the collaboration with him due to an alleged unlawful act committed during his shift. The Court ruled in favour of the rider and ordered Glovo to re-hire him with a full-time contract under the collective agreement of the trade sector. Glovo also has to reimburse the rider about 700 euros per each month that passed between the firing and the reintegration of the rider, and must pay social security contributions for the same period.

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