Working from home for 2 days is becoming the norm, employers say. But they don’t want to legislate the right to work from home

After the corona pandemic, employers see working from home for two days as the norm. But they do not want to legislate the right to work from home. D66 and GroenLinks are advocating this with an initiative bill. The FNV union is behind this. Most employers want to stick to hybrid work after the corona crisis, according to the report published on Friday Hybrid working is becoming the new normal – with different compensation from employers’ association AWVN. In it, 60 percent of employers indicate that ‘working from home for two days, three days at the office’ will become the norm. If it is up to D66 and GroenLinks, the right to work from home will be enshrined in law. In their bill ‘Working where you want’, an employer can refuse to work from home – or work at the office – but only if he can demonstrate that a compelling business interest stands in the way.

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Now employees can submit a request to the employer for adjustment of working hours and work location, Business Insider previously wrote. This is regulated in the Flexible Working Act (Wfw), which has been in force since 1 January 2016. The law prescribes that an employer can reject a request for adjustment of the work location in consultation with the employee. The employer does not have to demonstrate a compelling business interest, which is the case with a request for adjustment of working hours or working hours. ‘Little tension in the workplace about working from home’

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“Employers and employees can make agreements with each other, via the works council or the employment conditions consultation, about working from home and often do so in practice,” AWVN outlines the current situation in the report. According to the organization, there can be “all kinds of reasons to limit working from home, such as organizing sufficient moments for team meetings and customer contact, stimulating creativity and coaching employees more intensively”. A spokesperson for AWVN tells the Financieele Dagblad that there are hardly any tensions about this in the workplace and that there is no reason to burden employers with the burden of proof and therefore extra costs. The FNV union thinks this is necessary and will make a case for this within the Social and Economic Council, FNV vice-chairman Kitty de Jong said last week. Politicians have asked for SER advice. A poll among 53,000 FNV members last week showed that 63 percent would like to have the right to work from home legally regulated. Almost a third now say they have little or nothing to say about this. “Compare it with the law, where the employee can ask to work fewer hours. The employer must then come up with compelling arguments if that is not possible,” said De Jong.Also in the AWVN survey, nine out of ten employers find that employees like to work from home on a regular basis. In half, more than 70 percent of employees already work from home. A quarter of employers expect this to remain so after the pandemic. Read more about working from home:

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Author: Jobly