Covid: the government relies on teleworking and strengthens controls

Return to the pre-summer pace, i.e. 5,000 labor inspection checks per month on compliance with Covid prevention measures in companies when there are currently only a thousand. This was announced by the Minister of Labor, Elisabeth Borne, this Tuesday on LCI. One way to gently reinforce the pressure, but a signal that is meant to be clear. The government continues for now to bet that private employers will follow government recommendations to help reduce social interactions at the origin of contamination.

“Many companies have reinforced teleworking in conjunction with employee representatives”, “all companies which have not yet done so must do so”, explained the Minister, referring to the “ target ”set by the Prime Minister on July 6 after the Health Defense Council at“ two to three days of teleworking per week ”.

The “moments of conviviality” “suspended”

“My objective is that this reinforcement can be implemented in the social dialogue”, insisted Elisabeth Borne, citing as exceptional examples the situation of certain employees or the project which must be completed urgently.

The new version of the health protocol which has just been sent to the social partners, while the ink is barely dry on the previous one, does not set a minimum number of days of teleworking, contrary to what was practiced up to the end of August . It wants to be more directive without being imperative. Where it was indicated that teleworking “can participate” in the process of preventing the risk of infection, it will now be recorded that it “participates”.

“In this context, and in the context of an epidemic recovery, the target must be two to three days of teleworking per week, subject to the constraints related to the organization of work and the situation of employees”, he added. , the other big change being that the “ moments of conviviality ”will be from the publication of the“ suspended ”protocol.

See you in a week

Will this be enough to move “up a gear”, which “absolutely” must be done, insisted Elisabeth Borne? Monday, Jean Castex made an appointment in a week “to measure the evolution of practices”. “And if that did not work by way of the recommendation we would have to go through that of an obligation”, he warned.

This time, when it had struggled to get started at the outbreak of the health crisis in 2020, the public service, in any case that of the State, could well set an example since the target was set for she is three days old. A directive was to be sent in this direction to all personnel managers by the Minister of Transformation and the Public Service, Amélie de Montchalin.

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