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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUConsidering the emergence of new forms of employment, when work is often performed remotely outside company premises, it is necessary to adapt labour protection requirements.

Amendments to the Labour Safety Law that provide changes in relation to protection and health safety of self-employed and remotely working people were conceptually supported by Saeima’s Social and Employment Matters Committee on Tuesday, 15 January, as reported by Saeima’s press-service.

Remote work is categorized as tasks possible to be performed from home or any other location outside the company a person works for. Remote work is considered such only if both sides (employer and employee) agree that certain types of work can be performed outside company premises regularly, not just during emergencies.

In case of remote work, environment safety assessment is performed for the type of work performed, rather the location, because it is not possible for employers to check each individual location. Because of respect of privacy, supervision in a person’s home is only permitted with consent from the employee. The employee and employer have to cooperate in work place risk assessment, authors of the legislative draft say.

As for the self-employed, the law clearly states that this group needs to comply with general labour protection principles as far as it fits their work description.

To reduce administrative burden for employers, the legislative draft details rights to use IT solutions to document processes associated with labour protection. It is also planned to exclude from the law the requirement for creation of different lists of employed and work places.

The legislative draft also provides that in companies representing potentially dangerous industries with at least 250 employees will need to have at least two work safety specialists on hand for said companies to comply with all requirements of labour protection.

The law needs to go through three readings in the Saeima before it can be adopted.


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