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June 30, 2022 updated new

Labor Law Policy on Freelance Work

(Published originally in Japanese on March 28, 2022 and later revised for Japan Labor Issues Vol.6, no.38, July 2022)



The year 2021 saw continued developments in labor law with respect to freelance work: a number of new policies made an appearance, and progress in the EU culminated in the proposal of a Directive on platform work by the end of the year. These developments inspired the booklet Labor Law Policy on Freelance Work, which builds on the issues I addressed in a special lecture for the JILPT Tokyo Labour College in March 2021. This article focusses on summarizing that lecture and the subsequent developments, and therefore seeks to convey, as far as possible, a clear overview of current trends, rather attempting an earnest debate on the related labor law. It introduces a few of the key aspects of the labor policy developments, addressing trends both in Japan and several other countries.

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