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New remote working legislation around the world [Updated]

With the rise of technology, work from home has been a steadily growing trend for many years. Remote working has exploded since spring 2020 with quarantines, workplace closures and lockdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, at least for jobs and industries that do not always require workers to be on-site.

This abrupt worldwide shift to remote work sparked new logistical and structural legal challenges that warranted many countries to pass teleworking legislation, some of which is summarized in this article.
New teleworking legislation varies widely across the countries. While some countries introduced their first teleworking general legal framework, other countries passed more detailed measures. This article will only cover permanent teleworking legislation that has entered into effect since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. Temporary COVID-19 related measures, as well as proposed legislation not yet passed as of the publication of this article, will not be addressed.

Russia to compensate unused holidays

On 25 October 2018, the Russian Federation’s Constitutional Court ruled that employers must pay compensation for all unused holidays to the employee upon termination of employment. The payment should be made regardless of when the employment is terminated.

Russia announces foreign national registration changes

Significant amendments to the migration law will no longer allow employers to register their foreign employees at the address of the employer’s office, which has been standard practice. As of 8 July 2018, all foreigners should be registered with the […]