Teleworking is making a comeback. Prime Minister Jean Castex announced this Monday, December 27 that it would become mandatory again at least three days a week, due to the high circulation of the coronavirus and its variant Omicron.
From when ?
The rule will come into effect on January 3. Until January 21, all employees who can do so will have to telecommute at least three days a week, or even four. Until now, the government has simply recommended two to three days of teleworking per week.
The terms of teleworking will be set within the company, “by ensuring the maintenance of links within the work group and the prevention of risks related to the isolation of employees”, specifies the national protocol companies (PNE) updated this December 30.
Who is concerned ?
All employees whose profession can be carried out by teleworking are concerned. These are mainly executives, and represent 25 to 45% of French workers, according to various surveys conducted by the Ministry of the Economy.
From January 3, for 3 weeks, we make teleworking compulsory in the #public service 3 days a week. I also invite public officials to telework 4 days a week if they can. Let’s show the example again, I will be very vigilant! https://t.co/8M0MWBQkDH
– Amélie de Montchalin (@AdeMontchalin) December 27, 2021
The new measures also concern civil servants. Amélie de Montchalin, Minister of the Public Service, clarified on Twitter on December 27.
Why is teleworking implemented?
Thanks to teleworking, the government hopes to limit the outbreak of contamination. The incidence rate – that is to say the number of people tested positive for Covid-19 in one week per 100,000 inhabitants – amounted to 759 on December 24 … While the alert threshold is set to 50.
Various measures have therefore been reviewed to limit clusters, that is to say epidemic outbreaks, in companies. The obligation of the health pass for employees, for a time mentioned, has been ruled out. No question of imposing full teleworking either. Some 81% of the employees concerned want to be able to telecommute, according to a survey by the Elabe Institute, but only one or two days a week. Only 13% of them want to practice it for four or five days.
What risks an employer if he does not respect the rule?
According to the Minister of Labor Elisabeth Borne, several companies remained resistant to teleworking. A study by Dares, the statistical service of the ministry, shows that 25% of French people teleworked regularly in November 2021, while the rate reached 40% at the start of 2020.
Recalcitrant companies will therefore be fined € 1,000 per employee whose situation “does not comply”, announced Elisabeth Borne on LCI. The total amount of the fine may not, however, exceed € 50,000.