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Bosses In Portugal Will Now Face Penalties If They Contact Their Staff After Work Hours

People working from home in Portugal can now file a complaint against their bosses in case they message them after work hours.

The ruling socialist party in Portugal has approved a legislation that placed a ban on employers contacting their start before they start working or after they finish their shift.

The rule won’t apply to companies that have fewer than 10 employees.

Not only that, but bosses are also banned from monitoring their employees while they are working away from the office.

The new rules of Portugal also stops employers from monitoring the second to second action of their employees just like they did when they were working from home.

Ana Mendes Godinho, Portugal’s Minister of Labour and Social Security, said in a conference in Lisbon that they want to make remote working as easy as possible.

They added:

The pandemic has accelerated the need to regulate what needs to be regulated. Telework can be a ‘game changer’ if we profit from the advantages and reduce the disadvantages. We consider Portugal one of the best places in the world for these digital nomads and remote workers to choose to live in, we want to attract them to Portugal.

In addition to the rules that we mentioned above, employees working from home will also be able to expense things such as electricity and the internet.

According to a report by the LADBible, “employers will be able to write these charges off as business expenses to accommodate remote working.”

Employees with young children will also have the right to work from home without having to prearrange it with their bosses.

This is considered as such a massive win for those that are not capable of affording childcare.

What are your thoughts on the new rules by the government in Portugal? Let us know what you think about the new rules by leaving a comment in the comments section below!

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