Policies and procedures for telework once the business reopens.
The Government has, during the COVID-19 pandemic, encouraged employers to arrange for their employees to work remotely, in particular, for employees who use and rely on public transport. In early June, the Government encouraged employers to normalise the working situation, thus recalling their employees back to the workplace, in cases where this is the operational standard. In practice, many employers have followed the Government’s advice on recalling employees. However, many employers will likely to allow employees, who prefer a more flexible arrangement, to continue to work from home. It should be noted that there is a regulation on home office, (FOR-2002-07-05-715), which sets forth the rules regarding a separate written agreement (in addition to the employment agreement) and working environment. The regulation does not apply to situations to brief or casual work from home, but applies instead to more permanent arrangements.