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There is a curfew, but during the day just on the way to work. How is that possible?

The FNV also received reports from shop staff that despite the closure of shops, they are still obliged to come to work to do other chores. In that case, sufficient distance would not be kept and personnel would become infected.

The Social Affairs and Employment Inspectorate supervises correct compliance with the guidelines of the RIVM in the workplace. They too receive calls from employees who are forced by their boss to come to work. Of the nearly 8,000 reports that the Inspectorate received about corona, 666 were about an office requirement, a spokesman said.

‘No legal hook’

Problem: the Inspectorate cannot do anything with those reports. “There is no legal bracket to enforce this”, it sounds. An employer may impose on an employee where the work must be performed; whether that is at home or at the office.

Vice-chairman Kitty Jong of FNV thinks that something needs to be done about this: “At the moment there is only an urgent advice to work from home, but it is naive to think that employers will adhere to this. why not for this? ” For example, she argues for a right to work from home, something that D66 and GroenLinks also want to regulate by law.

60 investigations of the inspection

Of the 666 reports made by employees to the Inspectorate, the majority concerned office work. The Inspectorate further investigated sixty of them. These are so few, because the Inspectorate has no tools to enforce forced office work. In the cases where the Inspectorate did act, it concerned reports in which the corona rules were also not complied with in the workplace.

Violations were eventually found in two of the sixty cases. But that was not because the RIVM guidelines had been violated, but because, for example, the employer had not completed a risk evaluation.

Prime Minister Rutte does not want an obligation to work from home, he said in the debate today:

There is a curfew, but during the day just on the way to work. How is that possible?
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