The teleworking modality brings news that was presented yesterday by Raúl Ledesma, Minister of Labor. With the new rules the projection is that until 2018 at least some 6,000 people work in this way.
Until now, only 1,500 employees, in a dependency relationship, work as teleworkers. Ledesma expects that 90% of these jobs will be generated in the private sector. He clarified that the current contracts of employees who switch to teleworking will maintain their original benefits.
One of the novelties is that pregnant women or those who are breastfeeding can be accommodated. The condition of teleworkers allows them to carry out their activities without the need to stay in the office all day, every day, since they can avail themselves of the part-time or full-time modality. In order for the public sector to take advantage of it, the Labor portfolio signed an agreement with the Public Company Coordinating Company (EMCO).
Ledesma said that not only will job opportunities be generated, but it will also contribute to the reduction of expenses for employers. “The idea is that in any new place of work that is required, teleworking is taken into consideration,” said the head of Labor. It will benefit mothers, students and people with disabilities. In the ceremony held yesterday in the National Assembly recognized seven companies that apply teleworking since it became official in the country, in September 2016.
Remote work can help improve business productivity, said Édison Garzón, president of the EMCO. It is necessary to provide all conditions for workers to be the engine for the profitability and efficiency of public and private companies, he added. The signed agreement will be valid in the coming days and does not imply changes to the contents of the Labor Code, assured Ledesma. (I)