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