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    Act should make it more difficult to refuse request to work from home

    It should be easier for employees to change workplaces. To achieve this, Van Weyenberg (member of the political party ‘D66’) and Smeulders (member of the political party ‘GroenLinks’) have submitted the legislative proposal ‘Werken waar je wilt’ (Work where you want).

    Organizational interests

    Both Van Weyenberg and Smeulders want an employee’s requests for a change in workplace, such as a request to work from home, to be dealt with the same way as a request for a change in working hours or office hours. This would mean an employer must approve an employee’s request for a change in workplace, unless there are compelling business-related or organizational reasons to refuse it. In order to do so, an amendment must be made to the ‘Wet flexibel werken’ (Flexible Working Act). Currently, this Act only requires employers to take an employee’s request for a change in workplace into consideration. Until December 18, the legislative proposal was available online for consultation and remarks by the general public and businesses. The proposal has now been sent to both the lower and upper house of the Dutch government for approval. Whether or not the amendment will go into effect – and if so, when – is yet unknown.

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