This should be a challenge for companies: Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD) wants to grant workers the right to work from home even after the Corona crisis. Support comes from the union side – but there are also demands.
The word “home office” is currently on everyone’s lips, even if this form of work does not affect so many employees.According to estimates, the number of workers who work from home rose from twelve to 25 percent of all employees in the Corona crisis.
Federal Minister of Labor Hubertus Heil (SPD) now wants to permanently enshrine the right to do so.
“I am working on a new law for a right to a home office, which I will present by autumn. Anyone who wants to, and where the workplace allows it, should be able to work in the home office – even if the corona pandemic is over, ”said Heil the“ Bild am Sonntag ”. “one can either switch completely to home office or only for one or two days a week,” Heil said.
With “fair rules” Heil wants to prevent “work from eating too much itself into the private sphere”. There is also an end of the day in the home office – “and not only at 10 p.m.”. Working from home should be a voluntary option for employees. “We want to enable more home offices, but not to force them,” said Heil.
Ver.di demands ergonomic tools for the home
Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) also praised the advantages of working from home to the newspaper. “The past few weeks have shown how much is possible in the home office – this is a real achievement that we should not fall behind,” said the finance minister to “Bild am Sonntag”.
The politicians receive support from, among other things, the trade union side. Ver.di board member Christoph Schmitz told the newspaper: “We demand a right to have a home office.” At the same time, he pointed out that certain conditions still had to be met: “The workplace in the company must be preserved, health and safety must be comprehensively guaranteed – that ranges from the provision of ergonomic work equipment to the recording of working hours. ”