Analogous to the distorting of the boundaries between producers and consumers, the question of the boundaries between independent and dependent work arises with regard to employment. Flexible employment opportunities can lead to bogus self-employment and precarious working conditions. It is a question of protection against dismissal, minimum wages, occupational health and safety and working time regulations.
Without an appropriate regulatory framework, the social security system can be severely impaired. Any future legislation proposed must also protect the growing numbers of platform workers in Europe.