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New Portugal Labor Law Penalizes Employers Contacting Employees After Work

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Portugal Parliament has passed new laws among which companies will have to help pay for expenses incurred by workers who are not within the establishment premises.
Such expenses include higher electricity and internet bills. The laws in its components will also penalize employers who contact workers outside of office hours.

The new laws will also forbid employers from monitoring their employees while they work at home.

These laws which are amendments to Portugal’s labour laws have limits; they will not apply to companies with fewer than ten employees.

Euronews reported that a proposal to include the “right to disconnect” (the legal right to switch off work-related messages and devices outside office hours), was rejected by Portuguese MPs.

These laws are coming on the back of the devastating experiences conditioned by the coronavirus pandemic, and Portugal has become the first country in Europe to change its remote working rules.
The new measures also aim to tackle loneliness, with companies expected to organise face-to-face meetings at least every two months.

 

Portugal’s Minister of Labour and Social Security, Ana Mendes Godinho who spoke at the Web Summit conference in Lisbon last week, said the pandemic has accelerated the need to “regulate what needs to be regulated”.

Godinho said “Telework can be a ‘game changer’ if we profit from the advantages and reduce the disadvantages.

“We consider Portugal one of the best places in the world for these digital nomads and remote workers to choose to live in, we want to attract them to Portugal.”

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