Lisbon 2020 – Work in a Digital Era – Legal Challenges

This is the theme of the XIII European Congress of the International Society for Labour and Social Security Law, which will take place online between 5 and 7 May. On the second day, the session entitled “Gig Economy and collective relations” will be moderated by Pedro Madeira de Brito, professor at FDUL and partner at BAS.

What impact will the digital era have on employee labour? So called traditional work is undergoing significant erosion due to the impact of Industry 4.0: work is no longer a place to go but rather a task to fulfil, demanding a “permanently available” worker or employee to complete it.

Which consequences arise to the employee’s health and safety? Do employees have a right to “disconnect”? Work performed through digital platforms and the so-called ” collaborative economy ” are among us, probably weakening dependent or employee labour. Will this be the end of Employment Law? What right to privacy? What sort of personal data protection will there be in this new Digital Era? What consequences will this all have on the traditional principles of equality and non-discrimination? And how will this impact Social Security? Is trade unionism prepared to respond to the demands of the Digital Era? And will collective bargaining survive and adapt?

These will be the problems and challenges to discuss and object of reflection in the Congress “Work in the Digital Era – Legal Challenges“, which will be attended by the Minister of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security, Ana Mendes Godinho.

The Vice-president of CES, Sara Falcão Casaca, will be responsible for closing the second day. The Congress is an initiative of the Labour Law Portuguese Association and has the support of the Presidency of Portuguese Republic.

For more information on the programme and speakers, please visit the Congress website at

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