As from 1 April 2020, Law N°21.220 entered into force in Chile (the ‘Law’), providing legal protection to employees who work from home or from places different from the employer´s premises.
The main content of Law N°21.220 is as follows:
- For purposes of the Law, “remote work” means services provided from home or places different from the employer´s premises. Likewise, “telecommuting work” means services provided through technological or communications tools, where those services are reported through those tools.
- Employees performing, as described below, are entitled to all the labour rights established in the Labour Code of Chile.
- Employees are allowed to access the employer´s facilities to participate in any collective activity.
- The employer must inform the employees about the existence of unions formed in the company.
- Employees can freely decide from where to render the services, when that is possible according to the features of such services.
- These employees are normally exempt from a fixed labour schedule and therefore not entitled to overtime. However, employees must take 12 continuous hours “disconnected” in a period of 24 hours.
- The employer must provide the work tools and afford the functioning costs. Employees cannot be forced to use their own items.
- Employers must provide all necessary information related to labour accidents and professional diseases in order to implement safe work conditions.
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