The study reveals that the vast majority of countries are struggling to regulate the tax treatment and social security system of this new trend, reports El Economista. Office supplies and expenses are the most common trade-offs under existing policies.

In Spain, for example, companies are obliged to pay the costs and expenses inherent to teleworking if this regime was greater than 30% of the total time worked. But there is currently no specific regulation regarding the remuneration awarded.

Portugal, in turn, regulated telework this year and companies are required to pay additional telework expenses, such as energy and internet costs, according to amendments to the labour law approved in Parliament. However, despite changes to the labour law, more than 60% of companies refuse to pay telecommuting expenses.