The home delivery company Glovo fined 56.7 million euros for violating labor legislation in Spain

The Labor Inspectorate said that the sanctions were for the hiring of false self-employed workers and people without a contract in the Madrid area.

Glovo said it would appeal the fine, saying the period inspected was before new labor laws, the so-called “Cyclists’ Law,” were passed in 2021, which made it mandatory to give cyclists formal employment contracts.

The firm has been fined 205.3 million euros in recent years.

In total, Glovo has been penalized for acting improperly with 37,348 false self-employed workers or foreign workers employed by them without a work permit.

The latest sanction refers to irregularities that, according to the Ministry of Labor, began in 2019 and affected some 8,000 people.

A Glovo statement said that “employee foreign workers did not have a work permit, but were registered as self-employed.”

The home delivery sector has the highest number of false self-employed in Spain, with more than half of the 80,468 people inspected by the Ministry of Labor since 2019 working illegally.

That provided great encouragement for the government to introduce the ‘Rider Act’ two years ago.

Before that hit the statute book, the Supreme Court ruled in September 2020 that the delivery couriers were salaried in a case brought by a former Glovo employee.

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