working from home: the government will establish a legal roadmap for working from home
The idea is to provide a legal framework for new work models that have emerged in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, such as working from home or hybrid work to protect employees from the highly infectious coronavirus, people said. familiar with movement. .
Some of the options considered include fixing working hours for employees and paying for additional expenses incurred by them for the use of electricity and the Internet due to working from home.
A senior government official told ET that discussions have started to determine how India can regulate home working, which is expected to become a standard in the future.
“A consulting firm is engaged to determine ‘the future of work’ in the context of the pandemic and the benefits it brings to stakeholders,” the official said.
The government formalized home working for the service sector in January this year through a standing order, allowing employers and employees to mutually decide working hours and other conditions of service. The move was seen as a symbolic exercise, however, as the service sector, which largely includes IT and ITeS, has already tracked employees’ homework under special conditions.
The government now wants to put in place a comprehensive formal structure for all sectors, the official said. The latest initiative closely follows other countries implementing such frameworks. A recent law adopted in Portugal defines labor rules for better protection of employees working outside company premises. There is a consensus within the government to pass legislation giving legal support to home work.