Teleworking has developed enormously in France since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. If the implementation of this new mode of organization makes it possible to reduce energy consumption in companies, the costs are passed on to the employees. So a question arises: should your employer compensate you and contribute to your energy bill when you telecommute? West of France answers you
Consult branch or group agreements
In a context of energy crisis in a context of conflict between Russia and Ukraine, employees who work from home, who occupy their homes all day, should see their bills rise this winter. Between electricity and heating, the questioning of costs is therefore legitimate.
However, an employer is not legally required to reimburse you for energy consumption costs incurred by working from home. Unless a “the flat-rate subsidy is provided for by the branch collective agreement, the professional or interprofessional agreement or a group agreement”, indicates the Urssaf. On the other hand, if his employer does not provide for reimbursement of expenses in a statute or agreement, he is entitled to claim a lump sum compensation.
Up to how much per month?
According to an evaluation table of the costs incurred by the teleworker published by Urssaf, a company can reimburse up to ten euros per month to an employee who works at home one day a week, up to twenty euros per month for two days of teleworking per week and up to thirty euros per month for three days a week.
“The assignment is assigned according to the number of days teleworked”, specifies the Union for the collection of social security contributions and family allowances. And to add that “When the amount paid by the employer exceeds these limits, the exemption from social charges may be accepted provided that the reality of the professional expenses borne by the worker is proven”.
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What about telecommuting?
To meet the demand for “energetic sobriety” formulated by the government, is telecommuting a good or bad idea? Several unions are skeptical, fearing a postponement of consumption at home and at the expense of employees.
“It is a false good solution. This makes it possible to reduce energy consumption in companies, but it has repercussions on employees”says Véronique Martin, of the CGT. “Transfers the costs of a company to the employees”Catherine Pinchaut, from the CFDT, also believes.
Same mixed position for Mady Gilbert, from the French Confederation of Managers and the General Confederation of Managers (CFE-CGC), “Teleworking is one of the possible modalities, with compensation” (regarding the invoice for employees).
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