Navigating Telework in Cyprus: Understanding Recent Legislation

The global surge in telework, fueled by the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, has transformed the way we work. As Cyprus embraces this shift, the introduction of recent telework legislation [Law 120(I)/2023] marks a significant milestone, prompting discussions on its impact for both employees and employers.

Cyprus's new telework legislation provides a structured framework, offering clear guidelines for remote work arrangements. It emphasizes flexibility while safeguarding the rights and responsibilities of all parties involved. Notably, telework remains voluntary, requiring mutual agreement between employers and employees without compromising employment terms or fostering discriminatory practices.

For employees, telework presents newfound flexibility, potentially reducing commute times and expenses. However, it also raises concerns regarding work-life balance and professional boundaries. The legislation addresses these by emphasizing the right to disconnect and establishing boundaries beyond working hours.

Businesses must adapt their management styles to effectively support remote work. This entails monitoring productivity, fostering collaboration, and ensuring data security. Investments in technology and infrastructure are essential, alongside a transition towards trust-based management practices and providing a safe home working environment for employees.


Key Provisions of the Law: 

1. Voluntary Telecommuting: Agreement between employer and employee.

2. Employer Responsibilities: Covering expenses related to telecommuting equipment, unless otherwise agreed upon. Determination of minimum payment by the Minister following cost analysis and consultation.

3. Prohibition of Discrimination against Telecommuters.

4. Right to Disconnect: Employees have the right to fully disengage from work outside designated hours.

5. Advanced Notice: Employers must inform employees about telecommuting issues, including readiness time limits, support procedures, equipment usage restrictions, risks, and data protection.

6. Work Safety: Ensuring telecommuting does not compromise existing employee rights.

7. Health and Safety: Addressing safety concerns and opportunities for professional development and training for telecommuters.


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