What is platform work regulation?

Find out what regulation is, what is the difference between the concept of regulation and how iFood participates in this debate

To the digital platforms have played a fundamental role within the context of New Economy for offering new job opportunities to millions of people around the world. 

Therefore, it is heated debate regarding the regulation of work on digital platforms —as is the case with those who register to make deliveries on the iFood app. 

But, after all, is it regulation or regulation we are talking about? In this guide, we will clarify the difference between these concepts, talk about their importance and iFood's initiatives to participate in this debate.

What is regulation?

Regulation means the act or effect of regulating, creating and editing regulations (laws, rules and standards). Furthermore, it also means drafting and publishing regulations.

Regulations are administrative acts, related to a standard, with the aim of specifying what a law says or regulating situations that have not yet been regulated by it.   

A regulation may come from any non-legislative state administrative body or agent.

Regulation occurs when a regulation is issued by the Public Authority to regulate the execution of a certain legal activity. 

Regulation or regulation: understand the differences

Already regulation is the term that refers to the set of State control and conduct rules for private and public economic activities and social activities. 

In this sense, regulation is any type of State intervention in economic activities public and private, whether to guide and regulate the market or protect public interests. 

Rules and regulatory frameworks can be issued by the Legislative and Administrative Powers and public administration entities. 

Regulation concerns the creation of regulations and is an exclusive activity of the Head of the Executive Branch. It's the call regulatory power. 

Why is the regulation debate so important?

The debate on regulating work on digital platforms is extremely important, as it helps to create proposals regarding the protection, rights and guarantees of professionals in the field. 

In the last decade, digital platforms have increased fivefold around the world, according to the World Employment and Social Outlook report by the International Labor Organization (ILO). 

The debate on the regulation of applications and platforms within the context of digital economy and the new economy advances in countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom.  

In Brazil, the government studies a proposal to regulate work in applications. Thus, this will be with the creation of a type of employment contract without an employment relationship. 

Furthermore, this debate brings to light important issues for the global context such as work flexibility on digital platforms, autonomy and social Security

Regulation and applications: see iFood’s positioning

The regulation of work by applications is an important topic and one of the iFood priorities for 2023, says João Sabino, director of Public Policies at iFood. 

iFood believes that labor legislation must follow the new models that digital platforms make possible for different types of professionals.

A regulatory framework for working on apps aims to protect workers, such as delivery people, drivers and other healthcare professionals. gig economy

The regulation of work in applications should generate more job opportunities, providing guarantees and protection of workers' social rights. 

Therefore, iFood defends a law that guarantees social protection. Furthermore, we will support social security and minimum earnings with more flexible models than those of the Consolidation of Labor Laws (CLT). 

5 benefits that regulating work in applications can bring

Regulating work in applications can bring several benefits to self-employed professionals linked to digital platforms and legal support for companies: 

  • Access to social protection network benefits, such as maternity pay, disability retirement and sickness benefit and death pension for dependents; 
  • Valuing the work and well-being of self-employed professionals; 
  • Social security contribution to count time for retirement; 
  • Reduction of informality; 
  • Health and safety for workers will now be guaranteed by law.  

How iFood participates in the debate on regulation

Since 2019, iFood's Public Policy area has been dedicated to discussing new rules for new work models. And this discussion has been carried out with the leaders of delivery men and women registered on the platform.

In 2020, iFood representatives began traveling around the country to hold meetings with these leaders, such as the National Delivery Drivers Forum, held in December 2021.

The Forum gave rise to permanent regional forums, held in 2022 at events Delivery Man's Voice. Thus, more than 600 delivery men and women were gathered in 20 cities to debate regulation, always focusing on the delivery men.

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