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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.

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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21 October 2020
Luxembourg: the social partners at cross-industry level agree on a new teleworking framework
On 20 October Luxembourg’s social partners including the LCGB and OGBL trade unions and the UEL employer’s body signed a new cross-industry teleworking agreement. In this way, the social partners avoid the need for the government to adapt its 2006 legislative framework. They have as such ‘modernized’ the framework and are asking the government to give the agreement mandatory generalized scope.
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5 October 2020
Germany: Labour Minister announces draft legislation on remote working is finally ready for what is expected to be robust cabinet debate
On 04 October, in an interview with the weekly publication Bild am Sonntag, Hubertus Heil, SPD Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs announced that the draft legislation on remote working was finally completed and sent for consultation to the relevant ministries. In principle, the introduction of a right to remote working forms the cornerstone of this future legislation and it...
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22 September 2020
Spain: the government presents its remote working reform
On 22 September, Spain’s government approved a decree-law on remote working, the major thrusts of which were negotiated with trade union and employers organizations. The text defines remote work and provides a framework for ways in which; businesses can make the means for remote working available, compensation can meet the related expenses incurred, and employees’ working activity can be managed. The text provides for a transition phase as it enters into legal force, so that companies which have already...
Remote work regulations