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By Karina Paatsi
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KEY DEVELOPMENTS FOR 2021
Remote work likely to continue
The positive experience of teleworking, bringing flexibility in work organisation, time planning, opportunities to reconcile family, and professional responsibilities, have led many to believe that remote work will remain widely used post‑pandemic. However, there are still disputable questions regarding remote work, especially when employees request to work from abroad (e.g., reimbursement of expenses (electricity, internet, etc.), occupational safety and health and tax‑related issues when working abroad, overworking and burnout, increased number of cyber‑attacks).
Changes to business immigration introduced
Many changes regarding business immigration were introduced in 2021. From 2021, foreigners can receive Lithuanian e‑resident status and Lithuanian e‑signature without obtaining a residence permit. The e‑resident status enables foreigners to set up business electronically, open bank accounts, declare taxes, or use other services provided remotely. The employment of foreigners was liberalised. For example, persons working remotely are no longer required to obtain a work permit, declaration of a place of residence was simplified, and employment of highly qualified employees became more efficient. On the other hand, business immigration procedures must be carefully observed as stricter liability of employers was established.
Mobbing at the workplace
The growing number of disputes regarding psychological violence at work, the need for a smooth integration process of employees entering the labour market while working from home, gave rise to the initiative to include the notion of mobbing in the Labour Code. According to the data of the survey conducted in the EU countries, Lithuania is among the three countries whose business managers care least about the prevention of psychological violence at work. Considering the ongoing vaccination process in Lithuania, it is anticipated that mobbing issues will become a highly discussed topic.