The legal definition of the term "employee" is decisive for who can invoke employee rights under the WEA. As of 1 January 2024, the legal definition will be clarified and somewhat more comprehensive than today's definition. The purpose is to make it easier to understand who is considered an employee. The change might lead to more workers being covered by the WEA, such as some of the digital platform workers etc.
Furthermore, the change includes a principle whereby a worker shall be considered as an "employee". In situations where a company purchases services from an independent contractor, the company has the burden of proving that it is highly probable that the consultancy relationship is in fact that of an independent contractor and not an employee.