Portugal prohibits employers from contacting workers outside of office hours
- Portugal has passed a new law prohibiting employers from contacting workers outside of working hours
- New labor laws will expose companies to fines for sending emails after the workday
- It comes in response to an increase in homeworking since the pandemic
Portugal will introduce a new law prohibiting employers from contacting workers outside of their contracted office hours.
Companies are penalized for calling or emailing their employees in the evenings and on weekends, in new rules passed in Parliament on Friday.
The new labor laws were introduced by the country’s ruling Socialist Party in response to the increase in teleworking since the Covid-19 pandemic.
Portugal will introduce a new law prohibiting employers from contacting workers outside of their contracted office hours (stock image)
Businesses also need to help pay workers’ home-based expenses such as living expenses. B. Electricity and Internet bills that employers can write off as business expenses.
Parents now also have the right to work from home until their child is eight years old without having to discuss this with the employer beforehand.
However, the changes in Portuguese labor law do not apply to companies with fewer than ten employees.
Portuguese MPs also opposed a proposal on the “right to be disconnected”, which would have given employees the legal right to turn off work-related messages and devices outside of office hours.
Companies face fines if they call or email their employees in the evenings and on weekends.
Portugal’s Minister of Labor and Social Security, Ana Mendes Godinho, said last week that the pandemic had exposed the need for state regulation of remote working (pictured at the Web Summit in Lisbon).
Portugal’s Minister of Labor and Social Security Ana Mendes Godinho said at the Web Summit conference in Lisbon last week that while the pandemic had accelerated remote working, it had exposed the need for state regulation.
She said, “The pandemic has accelerated the need to regulate what needs to be regulated. Teleworking can be a “game changer” if we benefit from the advantages and reduce the disadvantages. “
Similar laws exist in several European countries, with workers being granted the “right to separation” in France, as well as other labor laws in Germany, Italy and Slovakia.
And in the UK, a bill leaked earlier this year showed that ministers were considering giving workers the right to request flexible hours when they start new jobs.
However, there are no plans to introduce a legal right to work from home as the government insists on the benefits of office workers.