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Portugal was the first European country to alter its remote working rules as a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The new law passed by the Portuguese Parliament that imposes fines on employers for contacting employees outside working hours, will uphold the rights of remote workers and protect their family lives.

The Coronavirus-induced remote working has been hard on many people across the globe. Several employees around the world have complained of receiving constant messages, e-mails and phone calls from their companies despite having completed their work in the designated working hours.

According to the Portuguese Parliament, the new labour law will ensure healthier work-life balance for employees. The law, which is applicable to organizations with more than ten employees, also forbids employers from monitoring employees who are working from home.

Perhaps, it is time other countries, including India, follow the Portugal way to have a healthy employer-employee relationship at a time when ‘work-from-home’ culture has largely become the accepted norm world over after the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. The pandemic has badly impacted the mental health of employees, and such laws, therefore, are much needed initiatives.

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