The Netherlands is making remote working a legal right for its citizens.
On July 5, the Dutch bicameral parliament’s lower house passed legislation that forces employers to consider employee requests to work from home as long as their professions allow for it, according to a report by Bloomberg. If the legislation, which is set to go before the senate, passes, it would make the Netherlands the first nation to embed remote working into law.
As companies contend with a tight labour market, remote working and the flexibility that comes with it has become a staple requirement for many candidates.
However, not all employers are onboard with keeping their remote working policies in place as the pandemic recedes. Last month, Elon Musk, chief executive officer of Tesla Inc. and SpaceX, demanded staff return to the office or risk losing their jobs.