Telework: a new reality… and more questions

Télétravail: une nouvelle réalité... et plusieurs questions

Several people are found to make telework since the beginning of the confinement. For some, it is a pleasure to be in the house. For others, it is quite an adjustment. As a ” teleworker “, the rules are the same as those in the workplace ?

You need to do “as in work”

Working at home does not mean to be on leave. To be paid, you must continue to do your work as if you were at the office. Your employer can ask you to adhere to a work schedule and carry out certain tasks.

Please do not hesitate to contact him if you have special needs with regard to your work load or your schedule.

A work-related accident at home, is it possible ?

If you are injured while you are working from home, you may want to be indemnified by the standards Commission, equity, health and safety in the workplace (CNESST). In fact, you might be covered by the Law on accidents at work and occupational diseases, even if the injury did not occur while you were on your usual place of work.

To receive compensation in case of injury at home, you must be an employee (which excludes self-employed workers who are not enrolled in the CNESST) and the accident must occur in the context of your work. The law considers that a work-related accident is a sudden and unforeseen event. For example, you get hurt back moving a box of documents.

If you are injured, you must notify your employer of your situation as soon as possible and consult a doctor. You must then make the necessary steps with the CNESST.

To remember

You can be compensated for an accident at work, even at home. It is possible, that you were working full-time or part-time.

A suitable working environment and safe

Your work space must not necessarily be identical to the one you have in your usual place of work. It should still be suitable and safe.

Your employer must ensure that your work space is well-equipped and safe in order to avoid a work accident. Your employer may provide you with the equipment, or to inform you about the risks of working at home. For example, by giving you the information on the ergonomics.

As an employee, you must also make the effort necessary to ensure that your health and safety are not at risk.

Your insurer should be aware of ?

In normal times, you are required to declare any professional activity performed at home if this activity is done on a regular basis. For example, you often work at home or you manage your own business at home. This information is often relevant for the insurers to determine the premium that you must pay.

Attention ! If you do not declare this to your insurer, this could have an impact if you make a claim in case of theft, water damage, fire, etc, Your insurer could refuse to compensate you or only compensate you in part.

In the current circumstances, many insurance companies have relaxed their rules. For example, your premium is not increased if your professional activity is now at home. Some companies have increased the amount of your home insurance to cover assets related to your professional activity, without additional costs. Each company may have different rules this time : this is probably a good idea to check their web site or contact a representative in order to be certain of what to do !

Pay Attention to your confidential documents !

If you are working with confidential documents, you need to ensure that they are, even in your own home ! For example, make sure you do not leave within the reach of all if you live with other people.

Télétravail: une nouvelle réalité... et plusieurs questions

Informational text – This text is not legal advice; it is recommended to consult with a lawyer or a notary public to such a notice. Éducaloi is a non-profit organization whose mission is to inform Quebecers of their rights and obligations in a clear language”.

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