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Discussion on: 5% privilege tax for working remotely?

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Gregory Witek

Please note that DB actually suggested that the tax should be paid by employers, not employees. Following AlJazeera:

"The tax itself would be paid by employers if they do not provide a worker with a permanent desk (see ya’ later, hot desking)."

Not judging whether this idea does make sense or not, if you calculate the cost of the rental space and utilities, this tax might be comparable to company's savings due to remote work.

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That's only half of it. Their argument is if your employer does provide you an office desk and you instead choose to work remotely, you are the one who has to pay the tax.

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Chad Perrin

This would encourage employers to find ways to make the office a more hostile environment with many tiny desks crammed together small areas just for the sake of inducing people to work from home so they can save money. As long as the employer can manage to keep a few desks empty because people to work from home, they can both hold the costs of maintaining the workplace down a lot by inducing people to work from home and push the tax payments for remote work off on the employees, at the same time.

Most social engineering ideas like this crap from DB is developed with gross willfull ignorance of negative side effects.