Remote working: Occupational Accident Insurance

Remote working: Occupational Accident Insurance

Considering the use of remote working to prevent and contain the epidemiological situation related to COVID-19, it is important to underline that, for the purposes of occupational accident insurance, it is considered:

  • Workplace: any place in which the worker is or should be employed as a result of his/her work and where he/she is directly or indirectly subject to the employer’s control.
  • Working time: beyond the normal period of work, the period preceding its beginning, in acts of preparation or related to it, and what follows, in acts also related to it, and also the normal or forced interruptions of work.

 

Consequently, the teleworker has the same rights and duties as other workers, particularly regarding compensation for damage resulting from an accident at work.

However, in situations where the worker starts to perform his work by remote working, and in order to avoid any doubts, it is necessary to formalize such a scheme.

In order to do so, the employer must inform the insurer of the remote worker’s situation, indicating where the work will be carried out and the normal period of work.

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