Since Monday, teleworking is no longer compulsory, but recommended. Ultimately, however, many workers would like to continue working from home on a regular basis.
Many studies agree that the most beneficial would be two to three days of telecommuting per week. But are companies already preparing for this option? Unions and employers are still struggling to tune their violins.
In the IT and telecommunications sector, unions are negotiating to include teleworking in collective agreements. Companies without CCT establish their own rules to provide a long-term framework for teleworking.
For its part, the Swiss Employers’ Union has drawn up an agreement for its members which regulates, in particular, the issue of equipment costs or data protection. This document has been in existence for a few months and has already been taken up by several French-speaking chambers of commerce.
The labor law, for its part, should not be amended, except perhaps on one point which is the subject of a recent parliamentary intervention, specifies Marco Taddei, head of the Swiss Employers’ Union interviewed in La Matinale . This is to allow people who telework to respond to an email late at night, whereas today the legal basis does not allow it.
For Benoît Gaillard, of the Swiss Trade Union Union, there is no question of altering the schedules in the law. On the other hand, certain shortcomings deserve to be clarified, such as the employer’s obligation to ensure health protection or the ergonomics of the workstation. It is also a question of supporting the access of the labor inspectorate when there are problems.
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