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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.

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Peru introduces a COVID-19 vaccination leave

The Peruvian government recently passed Law 31334 enabling employees to take up to four hours of paid leave to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus during their working hours. The new law entered into effect on 7 August 2021. Key […]

Peru prohibits gender pay discrimination

The new “Equal Work, Equal Pay” Law No. 30709, passed on 28 December 2017, prohibits pay discrimination between men and women. Employers must design job category charts according to objective criteria based on the tasks to be performed and the […]