This Country Stops Work From Home For All Employees Effective July 1st: But Why?
Work from home in Germany will not be extended beyond the end of June.
So far the work from the home rule forced companies to allow working from home because of the coronavirus pandemic.
But, now it won’t be extended beyond the end of January, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff was quoted as saying on Wednesday.
Lockdown Lifted Gradually
In the last six weeks, Germany has gradually lifted lockdown measures as infections reduced in numbers.
During January, the working from home obligation was first time introduced.
At that time, the measure was anchored in “emergency brake” legislation that allows the government to impose lockdown measures if infections rise beyond certain thresholds.
According to the WirtschaftsWoche weekly, Helge Braun, Merkel’s chief of staff said, since “the coronavirus infection numbers are sinking, the home office rule does not need to be extended on June 30, when the emergency law regulating the lockdown expires”.
Braun further added, “The emergency brake will not be extended at this time because we have a favorable situation at the moment,”.
Extending Work From Home
Although he said that the emergency brake might have to be reimposed in the autumn, depending on the progress of vaccinations and the spread of new variants.
Moving ahead, some officials had suggested extending the home office rule.
In the same regard, Labour Minister Hubertus Heil mentioned in April that he was working on legislation to give employees the right to work from home even when the coronavirus crisis is over.
During March, when the third wave of the pandemic was at its peak, almost a third of employees in Germany were working from home at least some of the time.
Although it has fallen to 31% in May, as per the information provided by the Ifo economic institute.
In Germany, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose by 1,455 to 3,717,625 on Wednesday, less than half the increase of a week ago.
While the death toll rose by 137 to 90,074.