Spain gets serious on the relationship between riders and on-demand platforms
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Rubén Agote
Rubén Agote is a partner at Cuatrecasas

In mid-September, Labour Minister Yolanda Diaz announced that the Spanish Labour Inspectorate had imposed a fine on Spain’s largest on-demand delivery platform for not hiring its riders as employees, but as self-employed workers.

This announcement follows the Supreme Court judgment of 25 September 2020, which acknowledged that the relationship between a rider and an on-demand delivery platform met all the requirements to be considered a labour relationship; and the so-called Rider Act – Act No. 12/2021– which entered into force in August 2021.