Employers may not unilaterally order employees to work from home even in case of a strong resurgence of coronavirus infections and this would require a mutual agreement under new remote work rules that can now be considered final. Home officing would also be supported by a lump sum payment of overhead costs to the tune of HUF 16,100 (around €45) per month, tax-free. There are, however, still question marks regarding health and safety issues, local daily Magyar Nemzet reports.
An amendment of the Labour Code aimed at making working from home more flexible is to be addressed in Parliament shortly. Both employer and employee representatives are content with the new home office regulations the text of which has already been finalised, the paper has learned. If MPs adopt the legislation, it will be up to a mutual agreement where the employees will work from (i.e. the office or home).
This means the employer may not oblige employees to constantly work from home, while employees may request home officing.
Key items in the regulation:
Drawing the line between work and family is the responsibility of the employees, but the employers may not have unrealistic expectations, such as the mandatory digital presence or hidden overtime work or a unilateral and immediate change to the beginning and end of working hours.
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