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End of required work from home approaches in Germany

Robert Besser
18 Jun 2021, 16:12 GMT+10

BERLIN, Germany: Germany will end rules in June that required companies to allow employees to work from home during the Covid pandemic.

Like other countries, Germany has lifted Covid restrictions in the past weeks.

The work from home regulations were first put in place by the German government in January, as part of measures to allow for restrictions as Covid infections rose.

As Covid infections have steadily fallen, the work at home rule no longer needs to be continued, said Helge Braun, Merkel's chief of staff.

The work at home rule could be reimposed in the fall, however, if infections from the variant spread, and dependent on progress made in vaccinating the German public, said Braun.

At the same time, some German officials have sought to extend the work at home rules.

Labour Minister Hubertus Heil said he hoped to propose legislation to allow Germans to continue working at home after lockdown restrictions have ended.

As of March, nearly one-third of all German employees were working from home.

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