The EY labor and employment lawyers discuss reimagining the workplace globally in 2021.
In early 2020, very few people would have or could have imagined the new lifestyles brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Governments, organizations, families, friends and communities around the world have a new paradigm when it comes to public health, workplace safety and personal interaction.
One such area is the focus on remote working. With so many employees around the world utilizing remote working, either voluntarily or due to public health measures, employers now have more options when it comes to workforce planning. The challenge for HR teams is to provide the right information, particularly for global organizations, about the risks and benefits of enabling remote working as we move through to the “Beyond” phase of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021.
Indeed, COVID-19 has become a formidable transformation accelerator. For some organizations, remote work is being viewed as a temporary accommodation to help us “live with the virus.” The expectation for these organizations is that one day we will go back to the way we were. For other organizations, they are not “going back!” Deep transformations are underway to reimagine work and change the future of the way we work.
The design of an effective remote work program requires a balance of different considerations, including health and safety, tax, labor and employment law, privacy and confidentiality considerations, as well as cost.
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