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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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The Philippines reforms its universal health insurance

On 8 March 2019, the government of the Philippines passed a Universal Health Care (UHC) law which gives Filipino citizens affordable access to a full spectrum of health care including preventive, promotive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative care for medical, dental, […]

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The Philippines passes the Telecommuting Act

On 20 December 2018, the Telecommuting Act (Republic Act No. 11165, the “Act”) was signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte. The new law allows private sector employees to telecommute or work from home on a voluntary basis. The new […]