Germany is going to legalize the human right to remote work

The German authorities have prepared a bill that gives remote work the status of an inalienable human right, similar to the right to life or freedom of religion. This means that German citizens will be able to claim work from home not as an exceptional measure, but by law. In theory, this will simplify the legal relationship between employers and their subordinates, will save you from many problems, but in practice everything may not be so rosy.

It was in Germany that such a right was proposed by Hubertus Heil, Federal Minister of Labor and Social Policy, and he did it two years ago, at the beginning of 2019. Now colleagues call him a visionary and complain that they did not listen - such an innovation would greatly simplify the organization of quarantine during the spring wave of coronavirus. Hail's idea was ahead of its time - the de facto developed world inevitably switched to remote work, but it was a little late.

If the bill is passed, Germany will become the site of a large-scale social experiment. We'll have to figure out how not to infringe on those whose work involves physical presence in the workplace - for example, hairdressers, drivers, sailors or scientists in their laboratories. Give answers to the questions, is there a difference between men and women in such a regime, how to deal with people with disabilities, to whom what benefits and allowances should be assigned. Well, and in between times figure out what to do with thousands of empty offices, whether such buildings are relevant at all in the future, and how to deal with ruined landlords.