Is working from home a legal right? Two Dutch lawmakers say it should be

TRISTAN BOVE June 23, 2022 5:45 PM GMT-4 (Fortune)

The ability to work from home after the pandemic has become a hotly debated topic in the U.S., with many office workers clamoring to hold on to their newfound flexibility and some CEOs remaining staunchly in favor of a return to offices. 

But other countries are taking steps to enshrine working from home as a permanent legal right.

Two lawmakers in the Netherlands are planning to submit a proposal to the Dutch Parliament to begin treating remote work as a legal right for citizens, before legislators leave for summer recess on July 3, Bloomberg reported.

The politicians spearheading the proposal—Steven van Weyenberg of the D-66 party and Senna Matoug from the Green Party—say that it is enjoying widespread support, and they hope it will pass soon.

“We have the green light for this new law thanks to the support we received from both employees and employers’ unions,” Van Weyenberg told Bloomberg. The Dutch Parliament will begin discussing the proposal next week, a spokesperson for Matoug’s Green Party told Fortune.

Most American office workers were in for a shock in March 2020 when COVID-19 disrupted the traditional nine-to-five basically overnight, and the debate today in the U.S. between working from home and returning to the office is becoming increasingly heated. 

A new survey by McKinsey found that 87% of workers presented with the option to work from home or in a hybrid format are willing to take it. But many employers are still convinced that returning to office is the way forward. 


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