The pandemic has prompted a change in attitudes about work, with many workers seeking to enjoy some flexibility over the past two years.
Two Dutch lawmakers are proposing a law to establish working from home as a legal right, which would make the Netherlands one of the first countries to offer remote work flexibility by law.
Weinberg told Bloomberg on Wednesday that the legislation would be introduced by pro-European D-66 party member Steven van Weinberg and Green Party MP Sena Mataug. Both will present the motion in Parliament before the House enters the summer break on July 3.
“We have the green light for this new law, thanks to the support we’ve received from both employees and employers’ unions,” Weinberg said. “We have great hope that this will pass before the summer.”
The pandemic has prompted a change in attitudes about work, with many workers seeking to enjoy some flexibility over the past two years. But with companies responding to increasing demand as the pandemic subsides, the topic is becoming an increasingly polarizing issue. Earlier this month, Tesla founder Elon Musk issued an ultimatum to the company’s employees to return or leave the office.