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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.

Latest update: Poland passed new remote working legislation. More details below.  


Angola

A teleworking legislation (Presidential Decree No. 52/22) creating a new legal regime of telework in Angola, will enter into effect on 20 March 2022. The new legislation introduces the following requirements:

  • Telework must be established through a written agreement for each employee.
  • Employers have the option to accept or reject employees telework request when it is incompatible with the activity of the employer. However, employers may not reject teleworking requests of employees who: (1) are pregnant with health complications (2) have a health condition incompatible with onsite work or (3) care for a child under age 5 or a disabled dependent with a disability equal or above 60%.
  • Employers are required to provide teleworkers with necessary work tools and bear their installation, repairs and maintenance costs (unless it is agreed otherwise).
  • Employers are required to reimburse employees for teleworking-related expenses which are not normally incurred by employees.
  • Teleworkers should enjoy the same rights as on-site employees, including protection against occupational accidents and illnesses as well as employee benefits.
  • Employees’ right to disconnect after completion of their working hours should be respected.

Argentina

A teleworking law No. 27,555 and Regulatory Decree No. 27/202, entered into effect on 1 April 2021. The new legislation, which applies to partially and entirely remote employees, introduced the following obligations:

  • The employer is now required to establish a written teleworking agreement for each employee. The agreement must outline parties’ obligations and agreement in advance on the working hours.
  • Employees’ right to disconnect after completion of their working hours should be respected.
  • A flexible working schedule should be available to employees with children under 13 years of age in their care, or if the employee has people with disabilities or retired adults who live with them.
  • Employers are required to provide teleworkers with necessary work tools and bear their installation, repairs and maintenance costs.
  • Employers are required to reimburse employees for teleworking-related expenses which are not normally incurred by employees. This can include compensation for the use of employees’ own tools and partial reimbursement of employees’ internet services.
  • Remote employees should enjoy the same rights as on-site employees.

On 12 October 2022, the government of Argentina passed Regulation No. 1921/2022 implementing section 18 of the teleworking law No. 27,555. Section 18 of the Argentinian teleworking law designates the Federal Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security (FMLESS), as the enforcement authority and mandates all employers with telework employees to register with the FMLESS. The FMLESS regulation creates a registry for with telework employees and delegates to the National Board of New Forms of Work the responsibilities of implementing, administering and controlling the Registry.

Australia

In December 2022, the Australian government passed the “Secure Jobs, Better Pay” Act amending existing rules on flexible work arrangement requests and granting the Fair Work Commission powers (FWC) to deal with disputes arising from such requests. The new legislation introduces the following changes:

  • The right to request flexible work arrangements is extended to employees who are pregnant and employees who have experienced family and domestic violence. This right was only available to certain groups of employees prior to the changes, including those who have a disability or those who are aged 55 and more.
  • Employers will be required to meet with employees to discuss their flexible work arrangement requests. Employers will need to evaluate such requests and try to accommodate the requests including offering alternative arrangements. If the employer and employee cannot reach an agreement, then an employer is entitled to reject the request on reasonable business grounds. The employer should provide a written explanation of the reasons for refusal within 21 days of receiving the request.
  • Employees will be allowed to apply to the FWC to challenge an employer’s refusal or a failure to respond to a flexible work arrangement request. The FWC will have the power to conciliate and arbitrate, including ordering employers to provide additional explanation, granting the employee’s request, or ordering alternative arrangements to accommodate the request.

Belgium

On 14 July 2020, the Belgium government released its initial circular letter (2020/C/100) granting employees working from home a monthly employer-paid, tax-free work from home allowance, retroactive to 1 March 2020. The tax-free allowance applies to full time and part time employees working from home on a regular basis (at least one day per week/five days per month). The allowance has been temporarily increased to EUR 144,31 from 1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021. Employers should monitor for monitor for new maximums.

The Belgian government released a second circular (2020/C/100) clarifying terms of the allowance effective from 1 March 2021. This measure lists the office expenses (the use of the office space, maintenance, insurance, property tax, snacks, office supplies, printer and computer equipment, and utilities) that are covered under the tax-free work from home allowance. In addition, the measure extends the tax-free status to additional reimbursements or provision of equipment.  Originally a temporary measure in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Belgian Minister of Finance recently confirmed it is a permanent measure.

On 10 November 2022, the Belgian government passed legislation requiring employers with 20 employees or more to stipulate in writing the right for employees to disconnect after working hours, in either company Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBA) or in company level policies and regulations. The written rules should specify at a minimum the following:

  • A general framework for the application of the right to disconnect.
  • Guidelines for using digital tools in a way to protect employees’ resting times, their holidays, and their private/family lives.
  • Training and awareness plans for employees and managers on the prudent use of digital tools and the understanding of the risks associated with over connection.

Brazil

The Brazilian Government has recently passed legislation introducing the following changes: 

  • The working hours legislation will be applicable to remote workers. This will require employers to implement an electronic timekeeping system (after approval by their relevant union) to employees working remotely.
  • Legislation and collective bargaining agreements must apply to all employees to include remote employees who are working outside of their employer’s jurisdiction (except if otherwise agreed by the parties).
  • Employers are not responsible for reimbursing expenses that a remote employee may incur to return to in-person work, when such teleworker chose to work in a location other than the one provided in their written teleworking agreement.
  • Employers are required to give priority to employees with disabilities and those with small children when allocating positions that can be performed remotely.

On 5 September 2022, the Brazilian government passed Law No. 14,442/22, aiming at regulating remote work and the payment of food allowances. Accordingly, the new law introduces the following provisions:

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  • The teleworking regime should be expressly stipulated in the individual employment contracts.
  • The teleworking regime applies to interns and apprentices on the same basis as regular employees, when expressly stipulated in their internship contract, and expressly agreed upon by the intern and the grantor and the educational institution.
  • Food allowances and vouchers paid by the employer to the remote employees must be only used for food purchases in restaurants or other commercial establishments.

Non-compliance with the above-mentioned requirements is subject to a penalty ranging between BRL 5,000 and BRL 50,000.

Chile

On 1 April 2020, the Chilean government passed a remote working law called the Distance Working and Teleworking law (No 21,220). Prior to the law, there was no legislation covering teleworking arrangements in Chile. The new law makes a distinction between distance working (when services are provided from home or a location other than the company’s establishment, worksite, or branch) and teleworking (when services are provided by an employee remotely using technology tools). According to the law, both distance working and teleworking require a written remote working agreement that should be registered with the Chilean department of work within 15 days of signing the agreement. The written agreement must, among other things, state the location where the services will be performed. Remote workers should be able to enjoy the same rights and protections as other employees. In addition, the law introduces a right for employees to disconnect after working hours are completed as agreed upon between the parties. If the employer and the employee agree on a flexible distribution of the working hours without a clear work schedule, employees are still entitled to a right to disconnect for a minimum of 12 consecutive in a 24-hour period. Employers are required to provide remote employees with necessary work tools and bear their installation, repairs and maintenance costs. In addition, remote employees should enjoy the same rights as on-site employees.

Colombia

The Colombian government recently passed law No 2121 and its implementing regulations establishing a remote work regime. The new regime applies to all workers and all employers (private and public sector) in Colombia. The main requirements of the new remote work regime include:

  • Employer are required to respond within 5 days to employees’ written working from home requests. Employees may carry out their work overseas if permission is given by their employer.
  • The modalities of remote work must be agreed upon by the employer and the employee.
  • Any labor agreement between the employer and the employee requires an electronic or digital signature.
  • Employers should provide teleworkers with the necessary tools and equipment to carry out the remote work. A monthly compensation for the use of work tools owned by the employee may be agreed upon by both the employer and the employee. Employers are required to reimburse employees for teleworking-related expenses which are not normally incurred by employees. Employers and employees may agree a monthly allowance to compensate internet, telephone, and energy costs.
  • Employers should perform medical examinations for their remote employees when they are hired and on a periodic basis.

Remote workers who are caring for minors under age 14, individuals with disabilities or adults over age 60 are now allowed to organize their work schedule around their caregiver duty.

The Colombian government passed another legislation (Law 2191 of 2022) introducing a right to disconnect for all employees to avoid any work-related contact outside their working hours and statutory or contractual leaves. Clauses or agreements that goes against the new right to disconnect will be ineffective. Failure to comply with the right to disconnect may constitute a conduct of labor harassment. Employers must therefore update their work from home internal policies accordingly. 

Decree 1227 of 2022 was recently passed by the Colombian government adding additional details to the existing teleworking legislation. The main changes include:

  • Teleworkers’ employment agreements must include a description and any restrictions and responsibilities regarding equipment and software, the mode of teleworking, the required working hours, the location of teleworking, reimbursement of expenses, ergonomics and technology, among others.

An employer whose internal policy doesn’t include details on the use of equipment, software and information management, is required to implement an internal remote work policy containing a description of the positions that can be performed through teleworking, equal treatment guarantees, necessary equipment and tools, contacts and communications channels to report harassment/accidents/occupational illnesses, and prevention measures at work.

  • It is possible for the employer and the teleworkers to expressly agree in the employment contracts or amendments on the reversibility of teleworking at any moment. In the absence of an express agreement, parties cannot demand or mandate the return to work in a presential way.     

Denmark

On 30 April 2022, the Danish Working Environment Authority issued new and updated guidelines on the occupational health and safety requirements for homework stations, that aims at making the homeworking option more flexible for the employers. The new guidelines state the following:

  • The guidelines apply to employees who regularly perform screen-based work at a workstation for more than 2 days per week based on an average over a month (previously at least one day per week or more than two hours per day).
  • The employer must ensure that the employees have the necessary workstation furniture and equipment that will enable them to perform their duties, which include a table and an adjustable screen and chair and a suitable lighting.
  • The Social Appeals Board has issued a statement of principles that determine the extent of employer’s liability in connection with remote work injuries. Accordingly, a specific assessment of the incident must be conducted in order to establish whether it was connected to the work in a necessary or natural way. The injured party holds the burden to prove a causal connection between the incident and their work for it to be considered an occupational injury under the Workers’ Compensation Act.

Greece

The Greek government recently passed a new legislation (L.4808/2021) amending existing teleworking law (L.3846/2010). The new legislation introduces the following obligations:

  • Employees’ right to disconnect after completion of their working hours. Remote employees should enjoy the same rights as on-site employees.
  • Employers should provide teleworkers with the necessary tools and equipment to carry out the remote work (unless agreed otherwise between the parties).
  • Employers must inform teleworkers about health and safety policies including rules for teleworking areas and the use of visual display screens etc.
  • Employers are required to reimburse employees for teleworking-related expenses (EUR 13 per month the use of household space, EUR 10 per month for telecommunication expenses and EUR 5 per month for the maintenance of equipment)
  • The monitoring of employees’ performance must be conducted in compliance with the protection of personal data legislation.

India

On 8 December 2022, the Indian government amended the Special Economic Zones (SEZ) Rules by relaxing the work from home guidelines for employees working in SEZ units. The new changes can be summarized as follows:

  • Clarifying the term “employees” to include all individuals who are employed or contracted by SEZ units, or where the SEZ unit is the principal employer under a contract with another organization where such individual is set to report daily for work to the SEZ unit.
  • Taking away any limitation with respect to the proportion of SEZ units employees allowed to work from home, previously capped at 50%.
  • Eliminating the requirement for SEZ units to obtain permission from the Development Commissioner before allowing their employees to work from home, and instead requiring them to email the Development Commissioner before the commencement of the working from home period.
  • Eliminating the requirement for SEZ units to submit the names of employees working from home to the Development Commissioner, and instead requiring them to maintain a list of those names and make it available to the Development Commissioner when needed.
  • Allowing SEZ units to provide their employees who are working from home with the necessary equipment (i.e., laptops, desktops, electronic devices) without the payment of any duty or tax on a temporary basis, while requiring them to keep well maintained records of these equipment.

Italy

On 19 August 2022, the Italian government passed new regulations on remote work, aims at simplifying procedure that was in place under COVID emergency laws. The new changes are as follows:

  • Starting on 1 September 2022, the employer is required to enter into individual remote working agreements with each employee who will work remotely. The agreement will have to indicate the way to provide working directives to remote employees, the availability of equipment, and other technical and organizational measures.
  • Also starting on 1 September 2022, employers will have to send an electronic communication in the form that was issued by the Ministry of Labour, indicating which employees will be working remotely and for how long. Such communication must take place within five days of the signing of individual remote working agreements.
  • Non-compliant employers can face administrative fines that can range from EUR 100 to EUR 500 for each concerned employee.

Luxembourg

A new legal framework for teleworking implementing the latest version of social partners’ collective agreement entered into force on 2 February 2021. The convention will remain valid for three years from its entry into force. The main changes include:

  • A wider definition of telework – the new definition does not restrict telework to work from home anymore. It is now defined as the work performed outside the premises of the employer.
  • Introduction of the new concept of “occasional teleworking,” defined as “teleworking carried out to deal with unforeseen events or when teleworking represents less than ten percent on average of the teleworker’s normal annual working time”. Occasional teleworking. Occasional teleworking is now also considered regular teleworking. However, unlike regular teleworking, occasional teleworking does not require a written agreement as a simple written confirmation (ex. email) will suffice nor is the employer required to provide work equipment or bear the associated costs.
  • Teleworking now requires the written agreement of both the employee and the employer outlining the place of telework, the working hours, telework allowance (if any), overtime, benefits in kind, etc. The written agreement may result from an individual agreement with an employee, from a collective bargaining agreement or a company agreement.
  • Employees have a right to disconnect after working hours and should have the same rights as on-site employees.
  • Employers should provide teleworkers with the necessary equipment to carry out their work.
  • All remote employees should be able to enjoy the same rights and protections as other employees. This includes all benefits in kind that onsite workers are entitled to but excludes compensations specifically linked with the employee’s presence onsite such as a gym or parking space.

Mauritius

In September 2020, the government of Mauritius passed the Workers’ Rights (Working from Home “WFH”) Regulations 2020, imposing specific requirements on employers that could be summarized as follows:

  • The employer may require an employee to work from home by providing a notice of 48 hours. An employee may equally make a request to work from home, and the employer has the discretion to whether approve or deny the request.
  • The employer and the employee should enter into a work from home agreement in compliance with the WFH Regulations.
  • A remote employee is entitled to compensation for applicable work-related expenses such as electricity, water, telecommunication, disturbance allowance for work performed during working hours, etc.
  • A remote employee is required to inform the employer of the proposed remote work premises. With authorization of the remote employee and prior notice, the employer may have access to the remote work premises in order to install, maintain or retrieve any working tools and equipment, deliver or collect working materials, conduct a suitable risk assessment to identify any risk to the health and safety of the remote worker where appropriate.

Mexico

The Mexican government passed amendments to the federal labor law on teleworking. The amendments clarify existing teleworking regulations and create new obligations for both employers and employees.

The reform took effect on 12 January 2021. The reform applies to any worker who performs paid work activities at least 40% of the time outside the employer’s workplace, either at home or another location chosen by the employee. Employers are now mandated to:

  • Provide, install, and maintain the necessary working equipment and training needed by the employee to perform the work and,
  • Pay for any appropriate telework-related cost, and
  • Record teleworking arrangements in a written agreement.

For more details, please see our previous compliance update here.

Norway

The Norwegian Government has recently passed amendments to their existing working from home legislation. The changes entered into effect on 1 July 2022 include:

  • the working hours rules (the Working Environment Act) will be applicable to employees working from home. The working hours rules include not working at night or on Sundays. Employers will therefore be responsible for ensuring that the working hours rules are followed.
  • the rules related to the psycho-social work environment also will apply to employees working from home.  Employers should therefore make sure to implement the psychosocial and physical work environment legal requirements into their own home office policies.
  • that the Norwegian Labor Inspection Authority (the Authority) will be given the authority to supervise compliance with home office regulation. The Authority will not be allowed to carry out inspections in the employee’s home. However, employees working from home will be required prepare documentation that shows that they are compliant with the home office regulations.
  • an exception from the requirement for a working from home written agreement when remote work is ordered or recommended by the government

Peru

The government of Peru recently passed a new legislation on remote work aiming at recognizing teleworking as a valid way of carrying out work. The new legislation, which entered into effect on 12 September 2022, states that teleworking is valid when the following requirements are met:

  • teleworkers and onsite employees must have the same rights
  • the employer and the employee should agree on the provisions of teleworking in an employment agreement. Such agreement must be stored in a digital medium and must include information on the teleworking period, frequency (total or partial), the work schedule, applicable digital platforms and technologies, communication and supervision, mechanisms, notice period for the employee to attend in person to employer’s premises and the teleworker domicile.
  • Unless agreed otherwise agreed between the parties, employers should provide necessary work tools and bear the cost of electricity.
  • Employers have a duty to ensure the safety and health of their employees at work. Therefore, employers should inform teleworkers of all the risks that may arise from their work duties.
  • Teleworkers should allow their employer to visit their remote workplace. Teleworker may instead complete a self-examination of their workplace as authorized by the Peruvian Ministry of Labor.
  • Unless otherwise agreed between the parties, the teleworker must comply with a work schedule.
  • Employers must respect teleworkers’ right to digitally disconnect after work and their right to privacy of communications. However, teleworkers must be available to their employer during the working day and fully comply with their work obligations.
  • Prior notice in writing and agreement of the employer and the teleworker is needed if any of them wants to reverse the teleworking arrangement. 

Philippines

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) recently passed the Telecommuting Act” (“DO 237-22”), that aims to refine the scope of telecommuting and other flexible work arrangements. In particular, the new Act states the following:

  • The new law applies to all employers and employees in the private sector that implement a telecommuting program.
  • The term “alternative workplace” is defined to include any location where work, through the use of technology, may be performed away from the principal place of business of the employer which is referred to as the “regular workplace”.
  •  The term “telecommuting program” is defined as a set of voluntarily and mutually agreed upon policies and guidelines that allow the employee to work from an alternative workplace. It could be in the form of a separate policy, or incorporated into other existing policies or employment agreements, or other convenient forms.
  • The terms and conditions of telecommuting shall not be less than the minimum labor standards, or less than any applicable company policy or practice, individual contract, or collective bargaining agreement.
  • Telecommuting employees should be treated fairly and afforded the same treatment as employees who work at the regular workplace.
  • Any facilities or equipment or supplies that are necessary for the completion of work by the alternative workplace employer, are considered ordinary and necessary costs for the employer.
  • The employer should report the implementation of telecommuting arrangements to the DOLE.

Poland

The Polish government recently passed amendments to the labor code introducing remote working arrangements.The new legislation, which replaces the teleworking provisions in the Polish labor code, creates the following new obligations:

  • The obligation to establish a written remote work agreement including the location where the job will be performed, the working hours, the communication methods between the employer and the employee, any additional compensation related to the telework, the equipment that will be provided, etc.
  • Pregnant employees, parents of children under the age of four, and employees caring for people with disabilities are entitled to work remotely, unless remote work is not possible due to the type of work they perform.
  • Employers are required to cover expenses related to remote work, including the costs of electricity and telecommunications services.
  • Employees are now allowed to request temporary remote working of up to 24 days per year. Employers are not mandated to cover costs related to temporary remote working.
  • Employees should provide a statement confirming that their remote workstation meets health and safety requirements.
  • Employers should establish a data protection policy related to the performance of remote work and ensure that their employee have read it.

Portugal

The Portuguese government recently passed a law on remote working arrangements. The new legislation, which applies only to employers with at least 10 employees, creates the following new obligations:

  • Employers are now required to pay for any appropriate telework-related cost including, electricity and internet.
  • Employees will be required to meet in person with their employer once every two months
  • Employees with children under age 8 have the right to work remotely
  • Employers are prohibited from contacting their employees after office hours. Employers who fail to comply with this new rule would face penalties (amount still yet to be determined).

Russia

Legislation on remote work, amending the Russian Labor Code, entered into effect on 1 January 2021. The legislation introduces the following changes:

  • There are now three different types of remote working agreements: permanent teleworking, combined agreements when teleworking does not exceed six consecutive months per year, and combined agreements when employees can alternate between remote working and on-site working. Prior to the new legislation, only permanent teleworking was regulated.
  • Teleworking agreements should be written and outline all remote arrangements, including the working hours, the location of telework, etc.
  • Employers now have the right to introduce mandatory teleworking in exceptional circumstances such as a pandemic. The terms and conditions of this new right should be outlined in employers’ internal policies. 
  • Employers are required to provide remote employees with necessary work tools and bear their installation, repairs, and maintenance costs.

Slovakia

New legislation on remote work, amending the Slovak Labor Code, entered into effect on 1 March 2021. The legislation introduces the following changes:

  • Working from home must be agreed upon between the employer and the employee in writing in an employment contract.
  • Teleworking may be performed anywhere outside the employer’s premises. It is no longer necessary to be only performed from the home of the employee.
  • Employees and employers may agree that employees will determine their own working hours for more flexibility. In that case, the employee may lose its entitlement to certain salary premiums.  
  • Employees’ right to disconnect outside working hours must be agreed upon between the parties.
  • Employers are now required to reimburse employees for increased expenses related to telework as agreed upon in the collective agreement or negotiated in the employment contract.
  • Teleworkers should enjoy the same rights as on-site employees.

Spain

On 9 July 2021, Law 10/2021 replaced Royal Decree-law 28/2020 which passed on 22 September 2020. The legislation applies only to “regular” remote working when at least 30% of the employee’s total hours over any three-month period are carried out remotely.  The main characteristics of the new remote work legal framework include:

  • All remote working arrangements should be established in a written agreement and on a voluntary basis.
  • Remote employees should enjoy the same rights as on-site employees.
  • Employers are required to provide all employees including those with disabilities with the necessary resources, tools, and equipment (including the digital ones) to perform their job. Employers should also pay for any maintenance of such tools and equipment as needed.
  • Employers are required to cover expenses related to remote work. Reimbursement of the expenses and details on what should be provided to enable the remote work of employees must be agreed upon between the employee and the employer in the employment contract unless already established by a collective agreement.  
  • Employers are prohibited from discriminating against remote employees on the grounds of age, gender, seniority, disability, and professional groups.
  • Employers are required to carry out a risk assessment of remote employees’ workspaces. The risk assessment should not only apply to psychosocial, ergonomic and organizational factors, but also the accessibility of the actual working environment. Further application decrees should clarify this new factor.

Sweden

On 2 August 2022, Sweden implemented the EU Balance Directive which aims to create a more flexible work-life balance for parents and employees who takes care of a sick relatives. This implementation entails the following:

  • Employees who care for children (up to eight years old) or sick family members, may request accommodations for flexible working arrangement such as flexible working hours or working from home.
  • If a flexible working arrangement is fixed for a period of time, the employee may return to the original working arrangement when the time expires.
  • The employee may request to return to the original working arrangement before the time expires, and the employer must respond within a reasonable time.

Taiwan

On 23 June 2021, the government of Taiwan passed a new work from home regulation requiring employers to:

  • Provide remote employees with the necessary tools and equipment to perform the job which should include the use of ergonomically sound work equipment and up to date software on electronic devices.
  • Pay for any maintenance of such tools and equipment as needed.
  • Provide education and training on mental and physical health to ensure the wellbeing of their remote employees.

Turkey

The Turkish government passed legislation clarifying the existing legal framework of remote work. The new remote work legislation entered into effect on 10 March 2021. Remote work is defined as the work performed outside the employer’s workplace using technology tools. The main changes include:

  • The obligation to establish a written remote work agreement including the location where the job will be performed, the working hours, the communication methods between the employer and the employee, any additional compensation related to the telework, the equipment that will be provided, etc.
  • The employer is required to provide teleworkers with the necessary tools and equipment to perform the job.
  • Expenses related to telework should be reimbursed by the employer to the employee. Compensation for such expenses should be agreed upon between the employee and reflected in the employment contract.
  • Employees can start working remotely upon hiring or may be hired to work on-site and agree with the employer to be converted to remote work later on. The employment contract should reflect the change. Mutual consent of both the employee and the employer is needed to switch from on-site work to remote work unless unforeseen circumstances. In such cases, employers can unilaterally decide that employee should work remotely.

Ukraine

Law N. 4051, which entered into force on 27 February introduced a new legal framework for remote work. The law distinguishes between:

  • Home-based work defined as the work that is done from home or a designated location agreed upon between the employer and the employee. Such work arrangement is more structured as employer can inspect the employee’s remote workspace and employee is required to follow regular work hours (unless agreed otherwise). In addition, employment agreements including should be established in writing and location may not be changed unless approved by the employer.
  • Remote work is a more flexible option that allows employees to work from any location of the employee’s choosing and according to their own schedule. Remote work arrangements should be established in writing unless emergency circumstances preventing it (such as a pandemic). 

The employer is required to provide remote and home-based work employees with the necessary tools and equipment to perform the job. Expenses related to remote and home-based work arrangement should be reimbursed by the employer to the employee.

In addition, the law introduced a specific provision for flexible working hours. Flexible working hours may be available at the request of the employee or at the initiative of the employer in the following circumstances:

  • When there is a substantial change in working conditions (with two months’ notice).
  • When there is a threat of epidemic or any emergency (no prior notice is needed).