European Nations: Improving Their Remote Work Laws

November 15, 2021 |

In European nations, remote working has quickly become the norm, a significant shift in less than two years. Pre-pandemic, only 5% of Europeans worked remotely regularly. However, in some countries, this figure has more than doubled in just 18 months.

Impact of Remote Working on European Nations

Finland, Luxembourg, and Ireland boast the highest proportion of remote workers in Europe, with over 20% still working remotely.

Without robust digital infrastructure supporting remote work, many businesses would have struggled to survive the challenges posed by COVID-19.

Legislative Responses and Future Trends

Portugal has taken a pioneering stance by implementing temporary legal measures to regulate remote working during the pandemic.

Recently, on November 5, Portugal passed a new remote working law, granting workers additional rights and protections.

Under this law, employers are prohibited from contacting employees after work hours and must reimburse expenses related to remote work.

Miguel Cabrita, Portugal’s deputy secretary of state for labor, emphasizes the need for EU members to swiftly regulate remote working to maximize opportunities while mitigating risks.

Predictions and Challenges Ahead

Critics warn of potential “corporate chaos” stemming from these legislative changes, raising concerns about long-term implications.

Looking ahead, which European countries do you believe are most likely to follow Portugal’s lead in regulating remote working?

Source: euronews next

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