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The eco decryption. Teleworking against Covid-19: companies are slow to comply


A woman teleworking from her home. Illustrative photo. (CLAIRE LEYS / FRANCE-BLUE DRÔME-ARDÈCHE)

According to our information, barely a dozen companies out of the 54 formal notices since October for breaches of teleworking have corrected the situation. Ten out of 54, that’s less than one in five! Elisabeth Borne had in particular pinned two sectors: banks and insurance. And among the bad pupils, she had cited the Crédit Agricole and the Caisse d’Epargne but also the Macif. After the warnings, these sectors say they are vigilant but there is still room for improvement.

In reality, the government does not have many means to force the hand of employers, because the texts on telework are not binding, the fines easily opposable. Despite this context, Elisabeth Borne’s ministry said, however, to continue the checks with as much intensity. In February alone, its services audited 1,600 companies on these teleworking issues. Two-thirds had done what was necessary: ​​when possible, teleworking is systematically set up. According to the minister, the majority of companies therefore respect the instructions.

According to Medef, but also the unions, many employees are asking to come back to the site because teleworking generates stress and isolation. Video conferencing applications like Zoom also generate more fatigue. Often, too, the material conditions are not very good and the housing is not suitable. If the French who can telework favor this method of organization, they do not want it 100%, but rather two to three days a week maximum.

Not to mention that working at home costs money: you have to pay for tools, internet connection, heating, etc. To lighten the bill, Bercy announced last week that the allowances paid in 2020 by employers for teleworking will be tax exempt, up to a limit of 550 euros per year.

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