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Ecuadorian government relaunches telecommuting program

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Ecuadorian Minister of Labor affirmed that there are 1,500 contracts of this type in the country.
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Ledesma affirmed that there are 1,500 contracts of this type in Ecuador and he expects the number to reach 6,000.

Quito, Jan 11 (Andes).- Since two years ago, Wendy Trejo has been working for a private insurance company from home which allows her to be more productive, have her income and take care of her daughter which has a disability.

“Telecommuting has helped me a lot because my daughter needs a lot of attention; it’s the best thing that has happened to me. I have been telecommuting for two years now and I’m much more productive because I can concentrate better and I spend less time and money in transportation,” she said about this type of job which was relaunched by Minister of Labor Raul Ledesma.

Ledesma affirmed that there are 1,500 contracts of this type in Ecuador and he expects the number to reach 6,000. “It’s a significant amount but we’re sure we will reach it.”

He added that they have talked to employers and employees and 90% of these contracts are expected to be signed in the private sector.

He explained that telecommuting has two options: partial and permanent. The first, for example, allows a seller or commission agent to continue working partially from home during her breastfeeding period “and when this period ends, she can continue working at the company’s office.”

Mothers or students, for example, can apply for the second option. In this case, there will be a contract registered with benefits by law but the difference is that instead of working from the office, the person will work from home.

Jose Serrano, chairman of the National Assembly, recalled that Brazil has 10% of employers telecommuting.

President of Quito’s Chamber of Commerce Patricio Alarcon said telecommuting is positive and reduces costs.

The project was first presented in 2016 under the administration of former President Rafael Correa.

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