The state Duma adopted in the first reading the draft law on remote work

The state Duma plenary session on Tuesday adopted in the first reading the draft law on regulation of remote work.

A bill introduced in the state Duma the Chairman of the state Duma Vyacheslav Volodin, the speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko, as well as a group of deputies and senators. It provides a systematic processing rules remote operation, the availability of their application, the possibility of combining office and remote work.

The initiative proposes to introduce three key concepts. The first remote (remote) operation, the second temporary remote (remote) operation: this mode of operation provides for temporary implementation of the labour functions of an employee working under an employment contract, outside the stationary working place, under the control of the employer, the third - combined remote (remote) work: full employment in the workplace and distance (remote) work.

The draft also proposes to waive the requirement to sign an employment contract on remote work with the use of qualified electronic digital signature (EDS). According to the authors, today the cost of such EDS restricts the spread of telecommuting. At the same time as the employer and the employee in all cases it is proposed to provide the opportunity and the right choice, so they can use the documents on paper.

In addition, the draft proposed to exclude from the section of the labour code on remote working a number of redundant and outdated regulations and standards, not subject to labour legislation. It is also proposed to eliminate the requirement to identify the workplace as one of the terms of the employment agreement on remote work and streamline a number of regulations on peculiarities of working time and rest time remote worker. In addition, provides for the right remote employee and of an employee in a temporary mode remote operation to be "offline".