Could New Laws for Remote Working in Portugal Encourage more Digital Nomadism?

Author: Andy Stofferis
Written by Andy Stofferis

Even before the pandemic people were looking for more flexible working conditions to allow for a better work-life balance. Portugal went even further with giving the remote workers the rights they deserve.

In November 2021, Portugal released new legislation specifically targeting domestic local workers, with some impact however on the international digital nomad community.

Limiting Out-of-Hours Communication

It was suggested that, with the exception of serious emergencies, businesses should block all emails, phone calls, and messages outside of established working hours.

Mandates on Who Can Work Remotely

Employers must now consider all applications for remote work from any employee whose function would make this possible. Any refusal must be given in writing with specific reasoning for why the request was denied.

Prohibits the Surveillance of Employees

The new Portuguese law specifically states that remote employees cannot be monitored using visual or audio monitoring.

Financial Support for Remote Workers

Portugal is now requiring that employers supply and maintain the essential equipment needed to perform their tasks.

Does this apply to digital nomads too though? For more details and impact of new rules on digital nomad community click here.