Further to the Budgetary announcement in July 2018, The Employment Rights (Working From Home) Regulations 2019 is now applicable as from the 1st of March 2019. In effect, the legislation regulates the Work From Home practice and empowers workers to request from their employers the right to work from home and vice-versa either on a full-time basis or with a mix of work split between home, office, or clients’ place of business.
Upon such agreements in the employment relationship, the employer shall enter into a specific contract with the employee as provided for in the Regulations and submit a copy to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Labour within 14 days.
The Budget 2018/2019 further makes provision for double deductions of the salary costs of full-time homeworkers for a period of two years, provided the company employs more than 5 homeworkers.
It is to be recalled that Work from Home and incentives for companies to provide flexible working arrangements formed part of the MCCI’s Budgetary recommendations in the context of the 2018/2019 Budget.
The Employment Rights (Working from Home) Regulations 2019 may be accessed here.