In Portugal, it is illegal for employers to call home-based employees after work – the World

Employees in Portugal will gain a better balance between life and work due to the new labor laws, Euronews reports.

“The new rules regarding work in Portugal were approved on Friday and are the result of a huge increase in employees working from home due to the corona virus pandemic,” said the Socialist Party of Portugal.

Under the new rules, employers could expect large fines if they contact employees after hours. Companies, according to this law, must also pay additional costs that result from working from home, such as electricity and internet bills.

However, there is an exception to this rule – it does not apply to companies with less than 10 employees.

What does this law change?

Companies will pay fines in case they contact employees after working hours, and also, employers are forbidden to supervise employees when they work from home.

However, the proposal for the so-called “right of exclusion” (the right to exclude messages related to work after working hours) was rejected by members of the Assembly in Portugal.

This law is good news for parents of younger children who have the right to work from home, without having to agree with employers before their child turns eight.

Measures against loneliness and isolation due to work from home and the current situation have been introduced, so companies have to arrange live meetings every two months.

A driver of change

Portugal is the first country to change the rules of work from home as a result of the pandemic in January this year. At that time, temporary measures included working from home as mandatory and forced employers to provide funds for workers to work from home.

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However, although working from home was a positive change for many, the Portuguese Minister of Labor and Social Security, Ana Mendez Godinho, pointed out at the Web Summit in Lisbon, the inequality of access to IT equipment during work from home.

“The pandemic has accelerated the need to regulate what has not yet been regulated,” she confirmed, adding that telecommuting can be a big change if profits are made from advantages and disadvantages are removed.

She also stated that one of the positive aspects of working from home are foreign workers who could come to Portugal asking for a change of space.

“We believe that Portugal is one of the best places in the world for digital nomads and teleworkers to come and work here, we want to attract them to Portugal,” she told the audience of the Web summit last week.


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