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Factsheet for measure PT-2020-28/964 Updated – measures in Portugal

Telework - Increasing the number of Public Administration workers in teleworking

Teletrabalho - Aumentar o número de trabalhadores da Administração Pública em teletrabalho

Country Portugal , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 06 July 2020
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Protection of workers, adaptation of workplace
– Teleworking arrangements, remote working
Author Heloisa Perista and Maria da Paz Campos Lima (CESIS) and Eurofound
Measure added 10 July 2020 (updated 17 November 2021)

Background information

The Resolution of the Council of Ministers no. 41/2020, of 6 June, that approved the Economic and Social Stabilisation Programme, established new measures to promote and extend teleworking (2.6), among which is the increase of the number of Public Administration workers in teleworking (2.6.1). The government intends, by the end of the legislature (in 2023), to have at least 25% of Public Administration workers in teleworking (among the universe of those performing functions compatible with this modality of work) - allowing greater flexibility in the provision of work and better reconciliation between the personal, family and professional life.

Content of measure

The government intends, by the end of the legislature (in 2023), to have at least 25% of Public Administration workers in teleworking (among the universe of those performing functions compatible with this modality of work) - allowing greater flexibility in the provision of work and better reconciliation between the personal, family and professional life. Part of these workers may be in "coworking" spaces, even located in the interior of the country, thus combating the desertification of these territories and promoting the decentralisation of public services in the interior regions.

Addressees: Public Administration workers Amount: €4.4 million Financing source: State Budget Responsible entities: DGAEP (Directorate-General for Administration and Public Employment).

Updates

The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

29 September 2021

The Resolution of the Council of Ministers 135A-2021 of 29 September 2021 eliminates the recommendation for the adoption of teleworking, without prejudice to the maintenance of the rules regarding the working time flexibility to prevent health risks.

13 August 2021

The Order 8053A-2021, clarifies that in the public sector the functions of information to the public are not compatible with teleworking.

30 June 2021

The Resolution of the Council of Ministers 101-A/2021 that altered the measures launched during the emergency period (calamidade), taking into account the risk assessment criteria and the fact that at least 50% of the population was already fully vaccinated, as of August 1, recommended teleworking whenever activities allow. Therefore telework is no longer mandatory (as in the conditions established by Decree Law 79A-2020) and is only recommended.

Use of measure

The government aims at having 25% of public administration workers teleworking until 2023.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Applies to all workers Does not apply to businesses Applies to all citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Local / regional government
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Consulted Informed
Form Any other form of consultation, institutionalised (as stable working groups or committees) or informal Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Sectoral or branch level

Involvement

Consultation.

Views and reactions

Not known.

Sources

  • 06 June 2020: Resolução do Conselho de Ministros n.º 41/2020 (data.dre.pt)
  • 01 October 2020: Decreto-Lei n.º 79-A/2020 (data.dre.pt)
  • 30 June 2021: Resolução do Conselho de Ministros n.º 101-A/2021 (dre.pt)
  • 13 August 2021: Despacho n.º 8053-A/2021 (dre.pt)
  • 29 September 2021: Resolução do Conselho de Ministros n.º 135-A/2021 (data.dre.pt)

Citation

Eurofound (2020), Telework - Increasing the number of Public Administration workers in teleworking, measure PT-2020-28/964 (measures in Portugal), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/PT-2020-28_964.html

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