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03.10.2020Mobile work lawDGB chairman Hoffmann on Heil’s home office plans: “It’s good that nails are now being made” In an interview with Bild am Sonntag, Federal Labor Minister Heil named the first cornerstones of his planned law on mobile working. Wherever possible, employees should be legally entitled to at least 24 days per year for mobile work. “It is good that Federal Minister Hubertus Heil is now nailing it down,” says DGB chairman Reiner Hoffmann. The legal right to 24 days, however, is “too little”. On the other hand, the planned design options for collective bargaining parties and works councils are significant progress.

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An important milestone for the work of the future “It is good that Federal Minister Hubertus Heil is now working hard to promote self-determined mobile work and at the same time to improve the protection of employees,” said the DGB chairman about Heil’s initiative. “The planned entitlement to home office is an important milestone for the work of the future.” Entitlement to one day every two weeks is not enough, but the planned legal entitlement of only up to 24 days is clearly not enough. “That means just one day of mobile work every two weeks. This hardly does justice to the legitimate need of many employees to be able to determine their own working hours. Such a minimum requirement is a concession to employers who are still blocking the issue, ”says Hoffmann. A clear step forward, however, is the design options for collective bargaining and company parties to agree even more extensive and better rules for the employees. “We also expressly welcome the intended right of co-determination of the works councils in the introduction and design of mobile work,” said Hoffmann. Principle for home office: Better conditions – and always voluntary for employees always be voluntary ”, Hoffmann made clear. “It must not happen that employers have private rooms for their employees and simply rationalize offices in the company. That must be unmistakably clear. “



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