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Factsheet for measure AT-2020-12/590 – Updated – measures in Austria
|Country||Austria , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 16 March 2020|
|Type||Non-binding recommendations or other texts|
Protection of workers, adaptation of workplace
– Teleworking arrangements, remote working
|Author||Bernadette Allinger (Forba) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||14 April 2020 (updated 04 February 2022)|
The Ordinance of the Federal Minister for Social Affairs, Health, Nursing and Consumer Protection in accordance with Section 2 No. 1 of the COVID-19 Measures Act (see sources, expired on 30 April 2020), formulates the prohibition of entering public places in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. One of the exceptions to this prohibition is when it is required for professional purposes. However, the ordinance states that it should be ensured that a professional activity should preferably take place outside the workplace, if this is possible and employers and employees agree on this.
The ordinance states that it should be ensured that a professional activity should preferably take place outside the workplace, if this is possible and employers and employees agree on this. Furthermore, accident insurance coverage of home office was achieved. The retroactively applicable regulation states that accidents at work are also accidents that occur at the place of residence of the insured person (home office) in a temporal and causal connection with the employment that forms the basis of the insurance. This makes it clear that if an accident occurs in temporal or causal connection with the activity, it is covered at the respective place of residence. This applies retroactively to all accidents that have occurred in the home office since 8 March 2020. Accidents on the way to or from the home office are also covered.
Employees in standard employment
||Does not apply to businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
No special funding required
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||No involvement||No involvement|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
In principle, both employer and employee organisations are against an obligation to home office work, which has been brought up by experts. Thus, their views were taken into account when the government provided a recommendation only.
Ordinance by the federal government. The social partners are in favour of a recommendation only (instead of an obligation).
Eurofound (2020), Recommendation on teleworking, measure AT-2020-12/590 (measures in Austria), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/AT-2020-12_590.html
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