Are teleworkers entitled to a meal allowance? An opinion from the Directorate-General for Employment and Labor Relations (DGERT) and the Authority for Working Conditions (ACT) on the doubts raised by UGT regarding the right to meal allowance for those who are telecommuting, resolved – at least for now – the ongoing dispute.
Teleworkers are entitled to Meal Allowance
According to the indication of these two entities supervised by the Ministry of Employment and Social Solidarity, those who are telecommuting should receive unemployment benefits, whether they are state workers or any private sector entity.
It should be remembered that teleworking, at this time, is mandatory, with rare exceptions, whenever possible.
According to these entities, workers in this situation have the same rights and duties that they would have if they were physically working at their job, for which the meal allowance should be paid, as long as they were already entitled to it.
It should be remembered that by its definition it is not linear that this right subsists when telecommuting, even in the case of the State worker:
“The meal allowance is a daily allowance that has the nature of a social benefit to be granted by the public employer as a contribution to the expenses resulting from a meal taken outside the usual residence, on the days of effective work”
This opinion comes, at least in the current context, to resolve the issue, both public and private.
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