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Newsletter April, 2021

Argentina introduces a law on telework

April, 2021
  • The law and its implementing Regulation were strongly criticised by Argentinian social partners, mainly for the poor quality of prior consultation, that failed to take into account the input of the social partners, specially the comments introduced by the private sector. 
  • The main issues concern the difficulty of implementation of the clauses of reversibility, right to disconnect, employees with special care responsibilities and contracts for non-residents.
Newsletter February, 2021

Ireland implements the National Remote Work Strategy: policy and practical application

February, 2021
  • On 15 January 2021, the Irish Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment published its National Remote Work Strategy, called ‘Making Remote Work’.
  • The strategy aims at ensuring that “remote working is a permanent feature in the Irish workplace in a way that maximises economic, social and environmental benefits”.

EU parliament Resolution on the right to disconnect

February, 2021
  • The Resolution contains specific recommendations on the scope and content of a Directive
  • The right to disconnect is defined as “the right for workers to switch off their digital tools including means of communication for work purposes outside their working time without facing consequences for not replying to e-mails, phone calls or text messages”.
Newsletter January, 2021

Mexico regulates telework

January, 2021
  • On 9 December 2020, the Mexican Senate approved a reform to the Federal Labour Law to regulate telework.
  • The law establishes the voluntary nature of this form of work and the need to define it in writing

Panama: outcomes of the tripartite Dialogue for Labour Economy and Development, including the regulation on telework

January, 2021
  • The tripartite dialogue concluded with 23 consensual agreements on various matters
  • It triggered the discussion and finalisation of the implementing regulation on telework
Newsletter December, 2020

French social partners sign a new interprofessional agreement on telework

December, 2020
  • On 26 November 2020, French social partners concluded a national interprofessional agreement on telework, that provides a framework clarifying the rules and modalities of remote working.
  • The text encourages social dialogue at the company and sectoral levels.
Newsletter November, 2020

Slovakia: Changes to labour Code on remote working, fixed-term contracts and representativeness criteria

November, 2020
  • On telework, the Code establishes the rights and obligation of employers and employees.
  • The amendments defined the criteria of representativeness to sit in the Economic and Social Council of the Slovak Republic.
  • The possibility to renew fixed-term contracts has been extended to three years.
Newsletter October, 2020

Spain adopted a new legislation on remote working

October, 2020
  • The legislation on remote working was finalised and adopted by Royal Decree-Law 28/2020 on 22 September 2020.
  • While at the outset the Government did not involve the social partners in the development of the draft text, trade unions and employers’ organisations were finally able to negotiate and agree on the main elements of the law.

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