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All you need to know about the Smart working guidelines

All you need to know about the Smart working guidelines

Here are the guidelines on smart working in the public administration. Minister Renato Brunetta presented them to the trade unions on Friday 22 October.

The framework of agile work was presented by the minister who has always expressed his favors for face-to-face work. And which has now regulated smart working for employees of approximately 32,000 Italian public administrations.

Let’s see in more detail the guidelines presented by the minister to the trade unions around 12 noon on 22 October. And the draft text of which has been anticipated.

Smart working in the PA: who is it for?

The guidelines, reads the premise of the drafts, “partly anticipate what will be envisaged in the national collective labor agreement for all sectors and they are aimed at public administrations and other similar bodies required to provide for measures in the field of agile workand have the aim of providing indications for the definition of a discipline that guarantees transparent working conditions, which favors productivity and results orientation, reconciles the needs of male and female workers with the organizational needs of public administrations, allowing , at the same time, the improvement of public services and the balance between professional and private life “.

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The timing of implementation

The goal, explains Minister Brunetta, is to have “from the end of January structured, regulated, contracted and organized out of the emergency agile work, which must fully fall within one of the ways of organizing work in the Public Administration” .

Work in presence is prevalent

The new guidelines on smart working in the public administration meanwhile reaffirm an argument dear to the minister. And that is the fact that face-to-face work will remain prevalent.

Agile work will have to guarantee “the invariance of the services rendered to users”, therefore it will have to be completely equivalent to that in presence, in terms of rhythms and quality of performance.

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Smart working yes, but in rotation

It will not be possible to work only and exclusively remotely. It will be necessary to organize a rotation that includes hours of agile work alternating with others in the office. Each worker will be able to benefit from work from home, but some categories identified as fragile will have priority.

It will be the task of each individual administration to decide independently which activities can be carried out in teleworking and which will require physical presence in the offices.

The technological instrumentation for smart working

The guidelines on smart working in the public administration regulate another important aspect. Those who work remotely will receive all the necessary technological equipment. Therefore, he will not have to use personal tools or users: he will be provided with both the tools and an application to access the servers, thus guaranteeing the protection of information and data. No, therefore, to use the home Internet network.

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Those who work in teleworking will have to attend training courses to learn how to use the app and the tools provided.

Those who have a service cell phone will be able to forward incoming calls to the office.

Individual agreements and “inoperability”

L‘agreement for smart working, which is voluntary in nature, is individual. And it regulates “the execution of the work performed outside the administration premises, also with regard to the forms of exercise of the managerial power of the employer and the tools used by the worker”. That is: each individual contract must contain information on the duration, on the fixed or indefinite term and on the days of work on site and remotely.

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There is no fixed time for teleworking. But “a band of inoperability (disconnection) must be identified in which the worker cannot provide any work performance”. In short 11 hours of consecutive restas required by the national contract.

Both the employee and the employer can terminate the agreement with at least 30 days’ notice, or without notice if there is a justified reason. For service needs, the worker can be called back to the office, with at least one day’s notice.

The rights of smart working workers

The guidelines on smart working in the public administration also remind us that smart working does not include overtime work, travel, disadvantaged work and work carried out in risky conditions.

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Remote workers will have the right “to specific training, to the protection of personal data, to the regime of permits and absences and to the compatibility with any other institution of the employment relationship and contractual provision”.

Those who carry out agile work will therefore be able to request hourly permits for, for example, personal or family reasons, union and assembly permits, and those for law 104.