Germany to make WFH a legal right

The Country is looking to reinforce rights of workers and regulate work-from-home

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Germany is in the process of drafting a law to make work-from-home a legal right. This is part of the Country’s plan to strengthen workers’ rights, clearly distinguish between work and personal life and regulate remote working.

About 40 per cent of German citizens wished to work from home for at least some time, even before the coronavirus outbreak got the whole world thinking about remote working. Therefore, since early 2019 — much before the pandemic — Germany has been exploring ways to get organisations in the Country to allow their staff to work from home.

With the ongoing pandemic, work on the drafting of a law to make this happen is on in full swing.

In April this year, the German Labour and Social Affairs Minister had told the media that workers should have the right to work from home, and that anyone desirous of doing so and whose employer permits him/her to, should be able to work from home, even when the pandemic comes to an end.

If the law comes into force, there will be a risk of companies in Germany outsourcing jobs to professionals outside the country at lesser rates or salaries.

While many organisations feel that remote working will adversely affect teamwork and productivity, the fact remains that it can save costs to the tune of about $11,000 annually, per person, working from home 50 per cent of the time.

It is reported that Spain, Greece and Ireland are also thinking on the lines of bringing remote-working regulations into play.

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