The European Parliament passed a new law this month granting a small amount of employment rights to those in the gig economy; or more specifically, to persons who work an average minimum of three hours per week or twelve hours per four weeks.

The new rights include things like requiring the employer to be clear about working conditions and pay from day one of employment. It also prohibits employers from penalizing workers for doing work for other companies.

EU governments have three years to enforce the new standard.

Also this month, Mexico’s Congress passed a labor law reform that ensures workers can “freely vote for their union representation and contracts.” This is a necessary move toward winning approval of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement.

Chinese tech workers took to the internet to protest their required amount of overtime - twelve hours a day, six days a week - even garnering support from Microsoft, Google, and Facebook employees here in The States.