Changes in the Labour Code – homeoffice and teleworking

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The amendment to the Labour Code effective from 1 March 2021 imposes obligations to the employer to reimburse demonstrably increased expenses associated with the use of the employee’s own equipment if working from a household (further “home office”) and/or teleworking.

The so-called “right to disconnect” is introduced and the employee will not be obliged to use the work equipment intended for home office or teleworking (for example, to read and reply to e-mails or to receive telephone calls) outside the working hours.

The amendment to the Labour Code introduced new definition of household as an agreed place of work outside the employer’s workplace. The household does not have to be only formal employee’s place of residence; it can be also another place that the employee determines himself, but this must be agreed in the employment contract in writing.

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