Portugal: Remote working recommended in all companies – government

The rule establishing that remote working is recommended again whenever possible, from Wednesday, applies to all companies, according to Portugal’s Ministry of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security.

The return of the recommendation of teleworking whenever the jobs allow it was approved in the cabinet meeting on Thursday, in the context of the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic, and published on Saturday in the state journal, in a resolution that decrees the state of calamity from 1 December 2021 to 20 March 2022.

According to an official source from the Ministry of Labour, the provisions of the cabinet meeting resolution apply to companies with establishments in territorial areas where the epidemiological situation justifies it, defined by the government through a resolution of the cabinet meeting.

However, lawyers contacted by Lusa said that, despite the government’s understanding, the cabinet meeting resolution does not determine the size of the companies to which the remote working recommendation applies, referring to a decree-law which, in turn, defines that only companies with 50 or more workers are covered.

The remote working regime is recommended during the state of calamity and will be mandatory only between 2 and 9 January 2022.

Although the adoption of remote working is, for now, only recommended, it should be observed whenever the duties of the worker in question allow it and the worker has adequate technical and housing conditions to perform them, according to Pedro da Quitéria Faria.