Portugal re-introduces teleworking

The remote working regime is recommended during the state of calamity and will be mandatory only between 2 and 9 January 2022. [Shutterstock/DiMedia]

A recommendation to work from home when possible is in force once again from Wednesday and applies to all companies, according to Portugal’s Ministry of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security.

The return of the recommendation of teleworking was approved in the cabinet meeting on Thursday (25 November) as COVID-19 cases rise and a ‘state of calamity’ enters into force between 1 December 2021 and 20 March 2022.

The remote working regime is recommended during the state of calamity and will be mandatory between 2 and 9 January 2022.

According to an official source from the Ministry of Labour, the provisions of the cabinet meeting resolution applies to companies with establishments in areas where the epidemiological situation justifies it, defined by the government through a resolution of the cabinet meeting.

However, lawyers contacted by Lusa said that the cabinet resolution does not determine the size of the companies the recommendation applies to, referring to a decree-law which, in turn, defines that only companies with 50 or more workers are covered.

Although the adoption of remote working is, for now, only recommended, it should be observed whenever possible, and the worker has adequate technical and housing conditions to work, according to Pedro da Quitéria Faria.

(Cristina Cardoso | Lusa.pt)

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