Following the outbreak of COVID-19 in Italy, gig workers or so called “riders” are among the few categories of workers carrying on their activity during quarantine. Riders refers to those workers delivering goods on behalf of third parties using bicycles and/or motorcycles within the territorial limit of the city by means of digital platforms.
With regard to the urgency procedure filed by a rider, the Court of Florence has stated that riders are entitled to receive protective masks, disposable gloves and sanitizer gel to sanitize their backpack. Such protective equipment shall be provided by the employer to each rider.
Such a decision complies with the legislative provision (art. 47 bis, comma 1 Legislative decree 81/2015 and art. 47 septies of the mentioned law) which charges employers using digital platforms to comply with the same workplace health and safety provisions owed to employees.
The category of riders was impacted by Law 128/2019, which entered into force at the beginning of November 2019, and which framed their working relationship within the context of hetero-organised collaborations, providing some protections equivalent to the ones granted to regular employees.
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