How the obligation to work from home creates confusion

For many employees in Germany, a new era begins on Monday. But the obligation to work from home from then on creates uncertainty. If you don’t want to work at home and go to the office, you need good reasons.

In the future, it will no longer just be employers who have to offer home offices, employees will also have to accept the offer.

AOn Monday, a new era begins for many employees in Germany: The requirement of the infection protection policy to relocate professional work as much as possible to private homes is no longer just a matter for employers. There is now a legal obligation for employees to actually switch to the so-called home office if the employer offers them this in accordance with the legal regulations. This is what the newly drafted Infection Protection Act prescribes for them.

Specifically, the new regulation primarily affects those employees who have so far preferred to continue to the office despite being offered a home office from their employer. Exactly how many there are is not clearly recorded statistically. The results of a recently published online survey by the Bavarian Research Institute for Digital Transformation provide a clue: 34 percent of the employees surveyed stated that their company had expanded its home office options due to the obligation to offer employers since January. At the same time, 26 percent expressed their willingness to use the offers.