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Teleworking, wherever possible, is once again becoming an “obligation”

Telework, the return. As during the first confinement, the use of this form of activity must be organized “In the most massive way possible”, indicated, Thursday, October 29, the head of government, Jean Castex. For all tasks that can be accomplished remotely, this is a “Obligation” and not a “Option”, added the Minister of Labor, Elisabeth Borne. Statements that are in line with the announcements made the day before by Emmanuel Macron, during his televised address. The goal is to prevent the risk of coronavirus infection by reducing social interactions and travel in public transport.

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This method of organization, suddenly applied to several million active workers from March 17 until May 11, had not disappeared since. Over the recent period, the State recommended that employers employ their workforce in this way, a few days a week – the dosage to be defined in consultation with elected staff. Now it will be again at “100%” working time for all positions that allow it – about a third in the private sector. The “National protocol” health, intended for businesses, was once again rewritten on Thursday in order to temporarily restore this rule. Employers who break free will be missed. “Obligation to protect employees”, which exposes them “To a civil or criminal sanction”, do we warn those around Mme Thick headed.

The employers’ organizations have, at this stage, no objections to the re-establishment of telework on a large scale. The unions, for their part, express more contrasting opinions. “Going back to 100% is a common sense measure, given the epidemic context”, says Catherine Pinchaut (CFDT). But she fears that “Some companies say to themselves that teleworking is not that compulsory”. Jérôme Vivenza (CGT) regrets that the decision of the executive falls while several questions related to remote activity do not “Are not settled” : payment of the costs incurred by the employee to be able to exercise his profession at home, evaluation of the workload … So many hot points that must be addressed in the inter-professional negotiation between social partners, which is scheduled to kick off Tuesday 3 November. “We could have discussed it earlier, in the spring, but the employers dragged things out, says Cyril Chabanier, the president of the CFTC. Too bad. “

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