Home Working Policy
This Home Working Policy is for use by employers who wish to offer home working to their employees as a mode of flexible working. It has been updated to provide for temporary arrangements to meet the current circumstances re. COVID-19.
Employees with at least 26 weeks of continuous service now have the statutory right to request their employer to consider flexible working arrangements. Employers should make sure that they are not caught on the back foot should an employee request flexible working, and should ensure that they are prepared to properly consider any such requests. This policy can be used by an employer as part of their preparation for dealing with flexible working requests.
Working from home offers a number of potential benefits both to employers and employees alike, including increased employee satisfaction, better staff retention, and potential cost savings on office space and recruitment. This Home Working Policy, whilst designed to work alongside a Flexible Working Policy, is equally applicable to those employees who have the statutory right to ask, as it is to those who do not have the statutory right.
The policy operates on the principle that any request to work from home will only be approved if it is mutually beneficial, that is that the business needs of the employer are met. This document is duplicated in the Working from home during the Covid-19 pandemic subfolder.
This policy contains the following sections:
1. Policy Statement
2. Aims and Benefits
4. General Principles
5. Applying for Formalised Home Working
6. Selection Criteria
7. Equipment and Connectivity
8. Health and Safety
10. Confidentiality, Security and Data Protection
11. Hours of Work
12. Annual and Sick Leave
The Home Working Policy is supported by the template Home Working Agreement, which creates individual and enforceable agreements between the employee and the employer, and which allows for specific and individual provisions to be agreed. The Home Working Agreement is available from the list of related documents to the right.
Optional phrases / clauses are enclosed in square brackets. These should be read carefully and selected so as to be compatible with one another. Unused options should be removed from the document.
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