European country bans companies by law from contacting employees outside of working hours

The measure, which is part of a broader package of laws designed to protect the rights of employees working from home, even bans SMS messages, with companies risking sanctions if they disturb their employees outside of work hours.

Portuguese Parliament amended labor legislation to help employees of companies working from a distance work achieve a healthier balance between work responsibilities and personal life. At the same time, the government hopes that through these measures it will attract more “digital nomads”, people living in other European countries, who want to work remotely for companies in Portugal. “We consider Portugal one of the best places in the world where these digital nomads and remote workers can choose to live, we want to attract them to Portugal.”

Thus, under the new laws, employers will be able to be penalized for contacting employees outside working hours, for example, by paying them compensation for additional expenses resulting from working from home (eg past consumption in the electricity and gas bill).

The list of rules still being implemented includes a ban on monitoring employees in their own homes and the requirement for bosses to hold face-to-face meetings with their subordinates at least every two months, with the aim of reducing feelings of isolation. felt by some employees who have found it more difficult to adapt to telework conditions.

However, not all employees’ rights discussed by the Portuguese Socialist Government went to the polls, such as their right to “disconnect” by switching off devices related to work (eg laptop or work phone).

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