employers “invited” to set up partial teleworking

A dose of teleworking is needed, the volume of which is left to the appreciation of the bosses and elected staff. Thursday, October 15, the executive made this request, during a press conference attended – among others – the head of government, Jean Castex, and the Minister of Labor, Elisabeth Borne. The purpose of the exercise was to detail the announcements made the day before by Emmanuel Macron, during a television interview, to contain the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic.

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In metropolitan areas subject to a curfew, the public authorities want the “A minimum number of days of teleworking per week, for positions which allow it”. This floor value will be determined “Within the framework of local social dialogue”, specifies an almost final version of the new health protocol for “Company employees”, which was presented Thursday to unions and employers.

On Wednesday evening, the President of the Republic had mentioned “Two to three days” per week – an order of magnitude which is therefore only indicative. Moreover, where the curfew is not in place, employers are only “Guests” to do it.

For the executive, there is no question of pushing workers to exercise 100% of their activity remotely, even in zones of maximum alert. The goal is to find a balance, as explained on Wednesday by Mr. Macron: on the one hand, “Reduce the collective pressure a little” in establishments and public transport; on the other, avoid “Isolate[r] people “.

Thursday, Mme Borne recalled that the health protocol for companies, updated several times since the start of the epidemic, is part of a “Prevention of the risk of infection” : as soon as it is applied, it is “Effective” and prevents, according to her, that workplaces become “A chain of contamination”. “Employees can [prendre leur poste] in all serenity “, she assured.

Psychosocial risks

The new version of the protocol was published on Friday after consultation with the social partners. The changes made to this vade-mecum are viewed favorably by Laurent Berger, secretary general of the CFDT. For him, the threshold of “Two or three days of teleworking per week”, quoted by Mr. Macron, seems good to him. He is not necessarily in favor of going beyond: “There is not a uniform demand from employees”, advances the person in charge of cédétiste, while highlighting the psychosocial risks, in particular for the young people and the single people.

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