UK: Working from Home

With many employees having worked from home for the past few months, employers are now reassessing the long-term feasibility of remote working. As homeworking was first adopted as an emergency measure out of necessity, not all of the implications were fully considered and we set out below a checklist of the issues to take into account.

Where employers encourage or permit homeworking, it is important to remember that their duties to provide a safe system of work and to safeguard third parties personal data and confidential information apply equally to employees who work remotely. The lack of uniformity in the facilities that employees have at home also presents practical difficulties.

Once employees no longer need to attend a place of work regularly it may be attractive for employees to relocate to or work from abroad or a significant distance from the office. However working overseas presents some unique challenges and risks to the employer.

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