Teleworking - information for the employer


Teleworking is not popular in our country, as evidenced by the small number of such offers. However, there are positive forecasts for its development in Poland. The choice of remote work by subordinates is decided by, inter alia, employers who have problems with the premises or those who care about savings.

Teleworking - duties towards employees

In the first place, the employer should provide the employee in writing with information on the obligatory daily and weekly working time standard, terms of remuneration for work, rules for granting annual leave and the length of the notice period.

The above information should be provided no later than 7 days from the date of the employment contract.

If it is not obligatory to establish work regulations, the employer should notify the teleporter about:

  • the duration of the night time,

  • place, date and time of payment of wages and

  • the way employees confirm their arrival and presence at work, including the conditions for justifying absence from work.

In addition, the employer should provide the employee with additional information, such as:

  • identification of the employer's organizational unit, in the structure of which the subordinate's job position is located;

  • indication of the person or body, organizational unit managing the workplace or other person designated for this purpose and managing the facility and responsible for cooperation with the teleworker and authorized to carry out inspections at the place of teleworking.

In a situation where the employer and the employee agree to perform work in the form of telework during employment, the information on the conditions of work should be provided no later than on the date of commencement of remote work. Please note that such information is to be provided in writing.

The rights and obligations of the employer

The employer should:

  • provide the teleworker with the equipment necessary to perform work in the form of telework, which will meet the requirements set out in Chapter IV, Section 10 of the Labor Code,

  • insure the equipment on which remote work will be performed,

  • cover the costs related to the installation, service, operation and maintenance of the equipment,

  • provide subordinates with technical assistance and the necessary training in the use of the equipment.

The employee should also have the right to stay on the premises of the workplace, including contact with other employees, use of the employer's premises and equipment, or social facilities. In addition, the teleworker has the right to use the rights resulting from health and safety regulations (under certain conditions) and the possibility of using hygiene and sanitary facilities.

The employer may conduct a health and safety inspection at the teleworker's home with prior consent in writing or by means of electronic communication or similar means of individual remote communication.

In addition, the employee may request the above-mentioned inspection before he starts to work.

The employer is entitled to require the tele-subordinates to have the same duties as for stationary employees.

These guidelines are referenced, inter alia, by down:

  • compliance with the working time established in the workplace,

  • respecting the work regulations and the established work order,

  • compliance with health and safety regulations, including fire regulations,

  • taking care of the welfare of the workplace,

  • protect company property and keep secret information, the disclosure of which could expose the employer to damage,

  • observe official secrecy and observe the principles of social coexistence in the workplace.

The employer also has the right to require subordinates (due to the specificity of the work to be performed) also other additional duties necessary for the proper performance of the work. They mainly consist in providing the employer with the information necessary to communicate with him by means of electronic communication or similar means of individual remote communication and confirmation in writing that he has read the rules of data protection provided to the teleworker.