Covid-19: Can the State really impose teleworking on companies?

THE CHEKING PROCESS – From the start of the school year, “the use of telework will be made compulsory,” said Jean Castex on Monday evening.

THE QUESTION. After the incentive, here is the time of obligation. During a press briefing following a health defense council, the Prime Minister indicated that from the start of the school year, “and for a period of three weeks, recourse to teleworking will be made compulsory – I mean, compulsory – in all companies, and for all employees“. The employee must work remotely three to four days a week, specified Jean Castex, “when possible“. Consultations will take place from Tuesday between the Minister of Labor and the social partners, he added.

Until now, the state had relied instead on the commitment of companies, while warning that if the private sector did not play the game, the public authorities could force their hand. During a recent speech, Jean Castex called on employers to “mobilize»This tool to limit the risks of contamination among employees. “The target should be 2 to 3 days of teleworking per week …

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