Minister of Labor Heil has one on January 20th Regulation for more home office issued: Wherever possible, employers must now offer this. Exceptions should only be allowed for compelling operational reasons. However, employees cannot be forced to accept this offer.
The pressure to put more home offices into practice has thus increased and it will be one here clear signal from politics Posted. An actual one From a legal point of view, home office is not yet mandatory, although there is no doubt that quite a few companies will find themselves under a certain obligation to implement this.
Medium-sized and small businesses in particular now need solutions
For entrepreneurs in Germany - and not only in this country - the COVID 19 crisis represents one of the greatest challenges since the end of the Second World War. In this role, many companies are currently having a hard time in the wake of the Corona-related restrictions and innovations. The usual turnover must be maintained as far as possible in order to ensure economic survival and to preserve jobs, at the same time every employer is obliged to ensure that its employees are protected. Mastering this balancing act is not easy, even if there are already solutions in various industries.
As is so often the case, however, medium-sized and small companies in particular have difficulties suitable and above all affordable solutions to be able to switch to the home office mode.
To put it simply: for many it is now a question of bare survival.
But what about the facts of the new home office regulation?
We have summarized the most important points:
1. Employers are not allowed to arbitrarily refuse home office inquiries
Companies in which home office can be implemented are encouraged to offer and implement this. Where it is possible and the employee so wishes, it must no longer be arbitrarily refused. - In exceptional cases and where the work cannot be carried out at home, for example with the dental assistant who is needed on site, the company can deny the employee the desire to work from home.
2. Employees may not refuse home office offers for no reason
Conversely, employees may not refuse home office offers for no reason if the necessary requirements such as an Internet connection and a suitable computer are available - the company is happy to provide the latter.
3. Employers must help set up the home office
Working from home also means that the employee needs certain resources to do so at home. In terms of labor law, it cannot be assumed that a computer and Internet connection are already available. Here the employer is obliged to provide the necessary resources.
3. Checks only in absolute special cases
There are demands from politics that, in case of doubt, there are also controls of the home office regulation. However, Minister of Labor Heil said in a recent interview that the Authorities only act in an absolute conflict will. So where a home office cannot be implemented, there is simply nothing to control.
The pandemic serves as a test and opportunity for home offices
The topic of home office or remote work is nothing new as insiders know, of course. However, it was not until the pandemic that it came into the focus of the masses. If one looks at the home office regulation optimistically, this also includes the opportunity for companies to practice such concepts in practice. Finally, there are also advantages for employers and employees. Less office space is needed, there are no travel times to work and in many cases the working day can be organized more flexibly.
ORMI.cloud as a door opener and companion in the home office
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