The Union of Professionals of the Government of Quebec (SPGQ) deplores the absence of guidelines governing teleworking, while consultations are being carried out on Bill 59, which is supposed to modernize the occupational health and safety system.
The declaration of the Minister of Labor, Employment and Social Solidarity, Jean Boulet, affirming that the Commission for Standards, Equity, Health and Safety at Work (CNESST) now had a mandate to recommend to employers adopting a telecommuting policy was not to the union’s liking.
For the SPGQ, the issue is not so much the teleworking policy as its application in compliance with decrees and laws.
However, Bill 59 does not provide for anything to support the work of inspectors, lamented the union, which cannot explain the fact that Minister Boulet recommends that employers adopt a policy on teleworking.
“Relying on employers to specify responsibilities in the event of a work accident, issues related to computer security, the payment of certain work-related expenses and the right to disconnect is nonsense”, denounced Tuesday Line Lamarre, president of the SPGQ, in a press release.
“The CNESST can hardly give clear directives and a frame of reference to our members, given that the law on teleworking swims in murky water,” added Ms. Lamarre.
The SPGQ believes that teleworking has not yet been defined and no law refers to it, not even Bill 59.