Since the pandemic began, many people have been forced to leave their offices and work from home, many of them without sufficient conditions to operate effectively with their work. This is why the Ministry of Labor created a bill that seeks to regulate work from home as a way of providing services, without implying that the working conditions agreed in the contract between the employer and the employee are changed.
The Ministry of Labor, through a statement, confirmed that “with the approval of this project limits are established in the use of information and communication technologies and the employee can be guaranteed all the necessary tools to exercise their work ”.
Given the importance of this project, for the hundreds of employees who are at home today, The initiative of the Ministry has an urgent message for its processing in Congress, its study and approval must begin the last week of November and theJoint seventh commissions in Congress will be in charge of giving it the green light or stopping it.
The bill contemplates that the functions, services and work activities must be developed in a harmonious way, that is, that the employer must provide all the tools to the employee so that he meets the objectives of the contract, and incidentally, set the means and tools with which the company is allowed to monitor and evaluate the tasks of the person, together with this, effective communication must be guaranteed.
Within this project there is also talk of labor disconnection, that is, that the worker can refrain from executing the provision of a service during their rest periods. In addition, during the time that work at home lasts, the norms provided for in the substantive labor code and in the regulations applicable to public servants corresponding to hours and working hours must be kept in force.
For workers who have a salary of up to two minimum wages and who are recognized for transportation assistance within their employment contract, if they are working at home, this money will be recognized as a digital connectivity assistance. The congressional bet is to have the project approved before the end of the year.
So far, in the country, teleworking has become a loophole for workplace harassment laws, since within the Law 1010 of 2006 where the concept of Workplace Harassment in Colombia, there was never talk about how to manage work schedules, deals and tools for employees who work from home.