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Teleworking and Occupational Health

2020 has brought unprecedented changes to the world of work; the pandemic has certainly fast-tracked the adoption of teleworking modalities by employers, which has proven itself to be an important aspect of ensuring business continuity. Nevertheless, the sudden shift to telework did not allow to take into consideration health and safety requirements to ensure the well-being of employees. In this regard, the Occupational Health Council of the Ministry of Labor, has issued the following recommendations to be considered by employers:

a) Physical space: Employees need to perform their work activities in a noise-free, very well-lit and ventilated area of at least two square meters, with a height of at least 2.5 meters.

b) Work equipment: A proper desk and an ergonomic chair, as well as computer equipment (monitor, keyboard and mouse) that allows natural movement.

c) Recommendations related to employee’s good posture, as well as recommended pauses in order to prevent fatigue and physical injuries.

In addition, it must be taken into consideration that employers are required to keep their employees properly insured through the workers’ compensation insurance and that all job-related accidents or potential risks must be immediately reported to the proper authorities.

DV Business Solutions is always up-to-date and ready to provide timely legal and tax advice and assistance to our clients. If you have any doubts or questions with respect to these obligations, do not hesitate to contact us.

Daniel Araya

Socio / Partner

Vladimir Blanco

Socio / Partner


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