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Remote work regulations

Keep abreast of regulatory changes for remote working with our articles (published here) on both reforms and planned reforms to legislation governing remote working following the health crisis.

25 March 2021
Colombia: end line in sight for adoption of a bill regulating ‘telework in exceptional circumstances’
On 23 March on the occasion of its second reading in Senate plenary, almost unanimous approval was given to a bill regulating working at home ‘telework’ under ‘ad hoc, extraordinary or special’ circumstances, and as distinguished from existing legislation that regulates traditional ‘telework’. Having already passed the House of Representatives it must now go before before a committee comprising representatives from both chambers before being enacted. The bill, which maintains the same level of rights...
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2 March 2021
Ukraine: Labor Code regulates long-term teleworking
Following President Volodymyr Zelensky’s promulgation of Law No. 4051, Ukraine now has a legal framework for the practice of teleworking. Passed in early February by the Verkhovna Rada parliament, the law came into force on 27/02. In signing an amendment to their employment contract, the law allows employees to freely determine how to distribution their teleworking working hours and workplace for ‘remote work’, which the law distinguishes from ‘working at home’ that has no on-site presence. In addition,...
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28 January 2021
Austria: government agrees new rules and incentives for teleworking
On 27 January, Austria’s Council of Ministers promulgated new rules and tax incentives that will now govern the practice of teleworking. While the Ministry of Labor and the social partners had already reached agreement on several points (c.f. article No.12133), everyone was waiting to see how the Finance Ministry would manage the issue of tax incentives. In the end the Ministry decided that each employee will be able to deduct up to a maximum of €300 per year for teleworking related purchases of equipment and...
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28 January 2021
Belgium: inter-professional collective agreement signed for the implementation of compulsory telework in companies during 2021
On 26 January 2021, Belgium’s National Labor Council (a joint employer-employee representative body that negotiates inter-professional collective agreements), together with trade union bodies and employers’ organizations concluded an inter-professional collective agreement on telework that is ‘mandatory or recommended by the public authorities as part of the measures taken to combat the spread of the coronavirus.’ Valid until the end of 2021, it has been drawn up as a framework agreement that defines...
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19 January 2021
Ireland: a landmark national strategy to develop remote work that intends to fast track the employee’s right to request remote work and the right to disconnect
On 15 January 2020, Ireland’s government published its first national remote work strategy (here), the goal of which is to ensure home and remote work becomes the norm after the pandemic ends. This strategy includes adopting legislation to provide employees the right to request remote work (Q3 2021) along with the introduction of a code of practice (Q1 2021) with Ministerial approval....
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17 December 2020
Russia: Labor Code is adapted to meet the challenges of teleworking
On 08 December, President Putin promulgated Federal Law 407-FZ on telework. The text, which was adopted on 26 November after its 3rd reading in the Duma, (Parliament), alters the labor code to better take into account issues surrounding telework and to ‘protect workers and preserve jobs,’ says its authors. It establishes a framework for implementing telework whereby (i) employees are able to choose this working arrangement, except in exceptional circumstances, (ii) workers’ salaries can be maintained,...
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30 November 2020
Germany: tax deduction for remote work being prepared
The parties in Germany’s governing coalition have agreed to introduce a tax deduction for employees that are working remotely, the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported on Monday 30 November. The tax break would amount to €5 per day, up to a maximum of €600 year. Germany’s finance ministry confirmed the proposal. However, some details still need to be worked out. The idea came from a proposal by the Länder of Hesse and Bavaria which, in anticipation of a much-needed law on remote work and in...
Remote work regulations
5 November 2020
Peru: government extends application of its crisis-related telework regulation and also recognizes the right to disconnect
On 01 November 1, Peru’s Executive extended the regulation it adopted in March (here), which initially established a provisional framework facilitating the use of telework to manage the health crisis until 31 July 2021. It took advantage of the extension to recognize the right of workers to disconnect from their computers and communication tools during periods of rest, leave, and suspension of the work relationship. According to arrangements as defined by the emergency decree 127-2020 (here), employers cannot...
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