Yesterday, there was good news for 120,000 civil servants: the new collective labor agreement stipulates that they will be paid € 363 net as compensation for working from home. Anyone can spend the money on whatever he or she wants: coffee, toilet paper or the energy bill. There is already a company that has arranged such compensation for its employees.
The CLA season is still about to start, and all kinds of CLAs will be negotiated in the coming six months. Also about those in healthcare
The one-off amount of 363 euros net is based on a calculation of the Nibud. The institute previously calculated how much extra costs someone incurs while working from home. “We did not come up with that amount, but it concerns exactly the amount in proportion: the 2 euros per day of the Nibud corrected to the 36-hour working week of civil servants,” says a spokesman for the CNV. In addition to the homeworking allowance, civil servants also receive a wage increase of 0.7 percent. The fixed travel allowance for commuting will be discontinued on 1 October.
A nice compensation for the civil servants now that working from home is the norm again in the coming weeks, but not everyone is enthusiastic. For example, many people on Twitter were outraged that no extra budget was released by the government in recent months in the healthcare sector for extra pay rises: ‘Couldn’t they spend the #home work allowance for #Government officials better on people in healthcare?’.
Bart Schnoor, CNV director: ,, We have been campaigning in recent weeks to get a structural wage increase for healthcare personnel. This did not work because the coalition parties in the House of Representatives always voted against. But that does not mean that we will not do our best for the care collective agreements. The CLA season is still about to start, and all kinds of CLAs will be negotiated in the coming six months. Also about those in healthcare. ” He also indicates that many large companies are working on a home work allowance.
Other Home Work Allowances
Other sectors are already working with a home working allowance. For example, insurer VGZ already agreed on a temporary home work surcharge in May: 75 euros gross monthly and 150 euros once for furnishing the home workplace. Elly Heemskerk, FNV call center director, knows that things are also going on in her sector with regard to a home allowance: “In this sector we are still in the writing phase of the collective labor agreement, after which he will go to the ministry for approval. It has been agreed that homeworkers who have equipment from work, such as a telephone or computer, will receive a monthly allowance of 25 euros. For homeworkers without equipment that is 30 euros per month, based on a full-time job.
A lot of employees earn minimum wage or just above it. Then those eight hours of heating and coffee are all extra costs
Now call centers each have their own policy. Heemskerk: “About half of the employees receive compensation. That amount differs quite a bit, for example, one will receive a decent 22 euros, while another will receive fifty cents a month to save for a laptop. ” The travel allowance will be canceled on working days from home, this payment will take its place. If you work at the office for a day, travel expenses will be reimbursed. “A lot of employees earn the minimum wage or just above it. Then those eight hours of heating and coffee are all extra costs. ”
When negotiating the collective labor agreement for municipal employees (180,000 people), FNV also wants to discuss a home working allowance. Director Marieke Manschot: ,, We have already wanted to make a home working arrangement. This also includes compensation. The Association of Dutch Municipalities refers us to local negotiating tables, while municipalities such as Amsterdam, Utrecht, The Hague and Leiden say they await national agreements.
Can you enforce an allowance for working from home if this is not provided for in the collective labor agreement? Employment lawyer Tom Nicolai said earlier: “If you really need certain things, because otherwise you cannot work properly, you can enforce an expense allowance. Only then you have to start legal proceedings against your employer and that is something you probably don’t want. Enforcing an expense allowance is therefore not very common. As a rule, these kinds of matters are resolved mutually.
The international software company OutSystems has been working with a home working allowance for employees for two months, says Vice President Willem van Enter. Worldwide this involves 1500 people, in the Netherlands the supplier of a software development platform employs 40 people.
“We were a little too quick for the government and have already started with a one-off home work allowance of 500 euros net. We think it is very important that people can work from home in a responsible way. Anyone who needs items can declare the costs. We are fairly innovative in this: if someone wants a good coffee machine, I have no problem with that, provided the basis is well taken care of. I first check whether the employee concerned has a good chair, table and screen. ”
“Money is most often spent on a good office chair. A larger screen is a good number two. In addition, people declare money for desks, tables and would like to invest in a good internet connection. In any case, we have been paying the monthly internet costs of all our employees since the beginning of the crisis. We notice that employees handle it very responsibly. It is also important to us that attention is also paid to a good balance between work and private life. We do not want our employees to buy a good chair and then bite through for 8 hours. We do not think that is responsible. ”
Psychologist Thijs Launspach is a stress expert and author of the book Fokking Druk. He gives tips on how best to work from home.
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