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Homeworking and flexible working

Many organisations have needed to move to home-working as a result of lockdown, and remote working is here to stay.

The pandemic has changed not only our place of work, but also how we work, juggling childcare and home-schooling, or working adjusted hours. For many people, the lockdown was the first time they have experienced prolonged home-working and it has been welcomed by large sections of the workforce. Most organisations envisage a post-pandemic hybrid of home and office-based working.

There are various considerations that employers need to bear in mind in relation to home-working, both during lockdown and in the longer term, including employee health and safety, how flexible working requests should be managed, and issues arising where employees wish to work remotely overseas. Employers also need to consider what impact a combination of office-based and remote working will have on their space planning, team management and culture.

Our resources will help employers navigate the legal aspects of flexible and remote working, any changes you may need to make to current policies and planning for working arrangements after the pandemic.

View our webinar on remote working overseas here.

Further reading

Coronavirus - FAQs for employers on working from home

11 March 2022

These FAQs look at an employer’s obligations towards staff working from home.

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Remote working overseas

23 February 2022

The Covid-19 pandemic caused many employees to ask if they could work from “home” from an overseas country. Two years on, it’s clear that the wish to work abroad – either on a temporary basis, or in some cases indefinitely – is part of a permanent sea change in working practices. Technology makes it possible – but this Inbrief explains the potential legal issues and how to avoid the traps.

Hybrid working arrangements

09 September 2021

Following the widespread experience of employees working from home during the Covid-19 pandemic, some employers are starting to implement hybrid working arrangements on a longer-term basis.

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We’re all going on a working holiday! Issues to consider when employees want to work abroad over the summer

20 May 2021

In the first of our new three-part series of articles looking at resourcing over the holiday season, we consider the position of employees seeking to extend their summer holiday by working remotely from their overseas holiday destination.

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Home and away when working from home means working abroad

29 October 2020

Covid-19 is causing many employees to ask if they can work from “home” for an extended period in an overseas country - for example, because it is their home nation or their family is based there. This article explains the potential legal issues and how to avoid the traps.

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Looming lockdowns and remote working – to what extent can employees be monitored?

28 October 2020

With reports of businesses increasingly taking steps to monitor staff who are working remotely, this article discusses the legal considerations and how employers can strike an appropriate and fair balance between work and home life.

Flexible working post Covid-19 - sea change or nothing new?

13 August 2020

The coronavirus pandemic and resulting lockdown has caused millions to work from home for the first time - an experience likely to cause a surge in requests for flexible working arrangements once most employees are asked to return to the workplace. This article considers the legal position and the practicalities for employers in dealing with flexible working requests.

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