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Portugal forbids employers from bothering employees in non-working hours

18:33, 09 November 2021
Portugal forbids employers from bothering employees in non-working hours

The Portuguese Parliament adopted a law prohibiting an employer from calling or sending messages during non-working hours.


The Parliament approved amendments to the labor legislation on remote work. According to the new law, the employer can receive a fine if he disturbs employees during non-working hours. In addition, companies must pay part of their employees' electricity and internet costs.

Employers are also forbidden from monitoring their employees while they work at home.

The law also specifies the right to work remotely for parents of children under 8 years old, as well as the obligation of the employer to organize personal meetings with subordinates at least once every two months.

The amendments to the law will not apply to companies where the number of employees does not exceed 10 people.

"The pandemic has accelerated the need to regulate what needs to be regulated," she said. We consider Portugal one of the best places in the world for these digital nomads and remote workers to choose to live in, we want to attract them to Portugal, "the Portuguese Minister of Labour and Social Security, Ana Mendes Godinho explained the news legislation at the Web Summit conference in Lisbon last week.