Some countries are considering introducing legislation to protect the rights of homeworkers.
With the widespread increase of homeworking due to Covid-19 many employers are introducing or updating homeworking policies to deal with the challenges created by homeworking.
Some employers may already have homeworking policies. However they were probably not drafted with mass homeworking over extended periods (or even permanently) in mind.
Having an updated home working policy is a way of a businesses showing employees that it has considered the challenges that come with homeworking (for example around maintaining good mental health) and that it is committed to overcoming those issues.
Points to cover in a homeworking policy or an update to an existing policy would be:-
Post Covid-19 many employers may be happy to have employees working from home and in doing so avoid paying expensive city centre rents. They may decide to take smaller office spaces and have their employees in the office 2 or 3 days a week instead of 5. This will result in homeworking becoming a permanent feature and hence a detailed homeworking policy will be needed.
Guidance could be issued now on best practice by the Government perhaps in conjunction with a mental health charity like MIND. ACAS has recently updated its working from home guidance which you can read here.
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If you would like help in drafting a homeworking policy or updating your existing policy please contact David Greenhalgh on 020 3603 2177.
Posted on Thursday 8th October 2020
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