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Greece Moves to Let Some Public Employees Work Remotely

April 30, 2021

ATHENS – A phenomenon brought by the COVID-19 pandemic – workers at home operating online – will be continued in Greece even after the health crisis subsides, with the government setting legislation to regulate and limit it.

The bill was sent to Parliament by the Interior Ministry and includes provisions for work at home if the duties allow it to be done without being in an office, and will be voluntary unless public health is a risk, said Kathimerini.

Remote workers will continue to have the same rights and obligations as those in offices although there won't, of course, be supervisors looking over their shoulders to check on their performance.

But the number of those working out of an office can't exceed half the number of employees and their personal data will be protected although it wasn't said how, if they would be paid for using VPN's or other ways to conceal information.

Telework will be allowed on specified days per week and month, and cannot exceed 40 working days per calendar year within a period of three months.

The government will pay for the cost of needed equipment and technical support, including maintenance and upgrades, the report said.

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