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Attorney warns against working from home permanently

Last Updated May 23, 2020 at 10:52 am MST

Statistics Canada says retail sale fell 0.1 per cent in August to $51.5 billion as sales at food and beverage stores dropped. A few shoppers browse the sprawling New Horizon Mall in Calgary on Tuesday, March 19, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dave Chidley

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – While working from home could be a blessing in disguise for some employees, for others it could be dangerous and threaten their rights as workers.

As COVID-19 precautions restrict workers to their home and Facebook establishes long-term plans to have certain employees remain there permanently, attorney Julius Grey warns against the possibility.

“In the long run, I think the benefits would be for the employer,” said Grey.

“Saving rent, decreasing the chances of unionization and paying only for the labour done, not for hours.”

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He says you could be shooting yourself in the foot if you agree to continue working from home outside the pandemic situation.

“I’m afraid, and I was always afraid. COVID-19 could only be a pretext for quickening this trend.”

He adds if companies get rid of physical spaces and employees solely work from home, unions and associations have to be started to protect workers.

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Labour codes would also need to be updated, or workers could be taken advantage of.