EU Parliament passed a new Directive on transparent and predictable working conditions in the European Union. It is meant for “Gig” workers which are usually treated as independent contractors with none of the employment rights guarantees in more regular jobs. Although this practice gives flexibility to all involved it often results in exploitation. Originally coined in the 1920s by jazz musicians, the term “gig” is short for the word “engagement”. According to the press release the EU law grants a set of minimum rights for those in casual or short-term employment, on-demand workers, intermittent workers, voucher-based workers, platform workers, as well as paid trainees and apprentices if they work a minimum of three hours per week and 12 hours per four weeks on average. Self-employed workers will be excluded from the new rules. All workers need to be informed from day one as a general principle, and no later than seven days where justified, of the essential aspects of their employment contract, such as a description of duties, a starting date, the duration, remuneration, standard working day or reference hours for those with unpredictable work schedules. The member states will have three years to put the rules into practice.