Wednesday, 19 January, 2022

Covid: the government pushes to telework “to the maximum”


The accelerated deterioration of the health situation requires going “as much as possible” on teleworking when possible, Minister of Labor Elisabeth Borne said on Tuesday. Negotiations between the social partners on this subject will start next Tuesday in principle.

Elisabeth Borne, Minister of Labor.

New health measures to cope with the soaring virus have not yet been announced, but one of them already seems to be confirmed: the switch to very high dose teleworking. This is clearly the appeal that the Minister of Labor, Elisabeth Borne, launched this Tuesday on France Info. “In the current context of the epidemic, even if we are well protected in a company, there is travel, there is what we do outside of telework, and therefore we must go to the maximum on telework for positions which allow it “, she said, anticipating changes in the national occupational health and safety protocol.

At this stage, the protocol in question stipulates that teleworking is a practice whose recourse is “Recommended in that it participates in the process of preventing the risk of infection with SARS-CoV-2 and makes it possible to limit social interactions in the vicinity of workplaces and on journeys between home and work ”. Even if the State cannot interfere in employment contracts, the text has a “Significant force”, recalled the minister. “In areas subject to curfew, employers set, within the framework of local social dialogue, a minimum number of teleworking days per week, for positions that allow it. They are also invited to do so in other areas ” is it still written there in the latest version of the protocol.

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In his recent television interview during which he announced the introduction of curfews, Emmanuel Macron went further. For the head of state, the right dose is between two or three days a week. The remarks of Elisabeth Borne go even further since they call for a generalization on the totality of the working time, confirms one in his entourage.

Pressure on employers

Such a generalization would not fail to put a little more pressure on the employers to reach a national interprofessional agreement with the unions, estimated the latter on Monday at the end of the second social summit of Matignon. All are calling for a national framework to be stopped as soon as possible.

Telecommuting “Only concerns 30% of private sector employees”, tempered the boss of Medef, Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux. There is therefore room for improvement: a recent Dares study shows that on average during the week of September 21, 12.4% of employees performed their tasks remotely. This same study shows that recourse to teleworking increases sharply with the workforce of the company.

After having somehow resulted in a diagnosis that allows to embrace all the issues on this form of work that confinement has propelled to an unprecedented level, the social partners meet in principle on Tuesday, November 3 for a first meeting of negotiation. The agenda is not yet known but everyone will not fail, as it should for a first, to assert their expectations.

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The accelerated deterioration of the health situation requires going “as much as possible” on teleworking when possible, Minister of Labor Elisabeth Borne said on Tuesday. Negotiations between the social partners on this subject will start next Tuesday in principle.

Elisabeth Borne, Minister of Labor.

New health measures to cope with the soaring virus have not yet been announced, but one of them already seems to be confirmed: the switch to very high dose teleworking. This is clearly the appeal that the Minister of Labor, Elisabeth Borne, launched this Tuesday on France Info. “In the current context of the epidemic, even if we are well protected in a company, there is travel, there is what we do outside of telework, and therefore we must go to the maximum on telework for positions which allow it “, she said, anticipating changes in the national occupational health and safety protocol.

At this stage, the protocol in question stipulates that teleworking is a practice whose recourse is “Recommended in that it participates in the process of preventing the risk of infection with SARS-CoV-2 and makes it possible to limit social interactions in the vicinity of workplaces and on journeys between home and work ”. Even if the State cannot interfere in employment contracts, the text has a “Significant force”, recalled the minister. “In areas subject to curfew, employers set, within the framework of local social dialogue, a minimum number of teleworking days per week, for positions that allow it. They are also invited to do so in other areas ” is it still written there in the latest version of the protocol.

Read also:

SME bosses worried about the resurgence of teleworking

Covid: a disappointing tomorrow

In his recent television interview during which he announced the introduction of curfews, Emmanuel Macron went further. For the head of state, the right dose is between two or three days a week. The remarks of Elisabeth Borne go even further since they call for a generalization on the totality of the working time, confirms one in his entourage.

Pressure on employers

Such a generalization would not fail to put a little more pressure on the employers to reach a national interprofessional agreement with the unions, estimated the latter on Monday at the end of the second social summit of Matignon. All are calling for a national framework to be stopped as soon as possible.

Telecommuting “Only concerns 30% of private sector employees”, tempered the boss of Medef, Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux. There is therefore room for improvement: a recent Dares study shows that on average during the week of September 21, 12.4% of employees performed their tasks remotely. This same study shows that recourse to teleworking increases sharply with the workforce of the company.

After having somehow resulted in a diagnosis that allows to embrace all the issues on this form of work that confinement has propelled to an unprecedented level, the social partners meet in principle on Tuesday, November 3 for a first meeting of negotiation. The agenda is not yet known but everyone will not fail, as it should for a first, to assert their expectations.

Read also:

Monitor epidemic indicators on a day-to-day basis in areas under curfew

Follow the day-to-day evolution of epidemic indicators in Île-de-France