Government wants fines for companies reluctant to telework

Beware of businesses that do not play the homework game. If today, the sanctions are only criminal (and therefore long) the government seeks to simplify the means of punishing companies recalcitrant to its implementation of telework. The Minister of Labor Elisabeth Borne therefore wishes “to propose an amendment to the bill (strengthening the tools for managing the health crisis, Editor’s note) to set up more dissuasive and faster sanctions (of an administrative nature)”, t – it announced Tuesday during a videoconference with the social partners.

“The idea is to put it in place for companies that do not really play the telecommuting game, not when there is a disagreement on such or such a function in a service”, explained the president of the CFTC Cyril Chabanier. For its part, the union of labor inspection agents (CGT-TEFP) which denounced the weakness of the penalties incurred and the lack of staff to control companies would have preferred that inspectors could suspend the activity of a company. in the event of breach of its obligations.

A fine of 2,000 euros per employee mentioned

The Minister did not specify what the amount of the fines could be, this question being arbitrated. According to Baptiste Talbot of the CGT, “there was at one point a reference to an amount of 2,000 euros per employee, for similarity with other types of offense”.

A new version of national company protocol (PNE) published by Thursday, includes an “obligation to telework 3 days per week on average for positions that allow it, for three weeks, from January 3”. In addition, “companies which can go further are asked to increase teleworking to 4 days a week when possible”. This “obligation” stems from the need for the employer to ensure the health of its employees, enshrined in the Labor Code.

The discontented employers

The CPME denounced in a press release this proposed fine, seeing it as “ineptitude when companies are perfectly aware of the issues and have had exemplary conduct since the start of the pandemic”. “We are not at all adopting this method,” said its president Fran├žois Asselin.

The Medef for its part denounced “an uncoordinated decision, discovered in session this morning”. The employers’ organization protests against the fact that according to it, “labor inspectors working in companies want to impose teleworking on certain positions while the health protocol specifies that their definition is the responsibility of the company”.

Source: 20Minutes – Une by

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