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How to meet other occupational safety requirements when teleworking?

Viimati uuendatud: 09.10.2019


The remainder of the occupational health and safety requirements shall be met by the employee and the employer, to the extent possible, having regard to the nature of the telework. For example, in the case of teleworking, the employer does not usually have to provide and maintain proper non-work rooms (e.g., a break room of sufficient size, changing rooms) and provide first aid (the employer can provide first aid kits and information on first aid measures if necessary).

The employer provides and maintains the teleworker’s equipment (e.g., computer, printer, mouse pad, ergonomic chair). The employer is entitled to a tax-free reimbursement of the teleworker’s equipment, but in that case, the costs must be documented. If the employee has the suitable tools (e.g., computer) and the employer and the employee have agreed to use them for the performance of the duties, then the employer is not obliged to provide additional tools.

The employer adapts the teleworking environment to the needs of the employee. The employer has the right to adjust the teleworker’s workplace free of income tax, but in that case, the costs must be documented. If the employee has a suitable workplace at home (e.g., a suitable desk and chair) and the employer and the employee have agreed to use them for the performance of the duties, there is no obligation on the employer to further adjust the workplace.

In the case of teleworking, working and rest time requirements must be met (e.g., the employer cannot expect the employee to work from home without breaks and outside the agreed working hours).

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