It is illegal to send emails to employees outside of working hours

It is a fact that in the midst of a pandemic the balances in the workplace have changed. Many people have entered into a teleworking “regime”, which has resulted in the boundaries between work and personal time not being easily distinguished, which is why the Portuguese authorities have decided to take action!

New labor law

A few days ago, Members of Parliament in Portugal adopted a new labor law aimed at protecting workers from overtime and overtime work. Among other things, a law was passed that prohibits managers from sending emails and messages to employees in their personal time.

“The employer must respect the employee’s privacy,” including rest periods and family time, the new law stipulates. Any violation may result in a fine. According to the press, the new laws came in response to the growing number of people working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under the law, companies with more than 10 employees could face fines if they harass their employees during their vacations, except in exceptional cases. They will have to reimburse their staff for work-related expenses incurred at home, such as possible increases in bills, electricity and gas.
The measures also stipulate that employers are responsible for providing employees with the appropriate tools for remote work.

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