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Working from home following the Covid-19 pandemic

The Government’s initiative to tackle the spread of coronavirus in the UK meant that many people started working from home for the first time. The Government encouraged employers to take every possible step to facilitate their employees working from home, including providing suitable IT and equipment to enable remote working. The following Home Working Policy and Home Working Policy for Volunteers were designed to facilitate employees and volunteers working from home in those circumstances.

The Home Working Policy can be used by an employer as part of their preparation for dealing with employees working from home. Although the policy is aimed primarily at permanent changes to an employee’s contract of employment, it also touches on temporary changes that applied during the above circumstances.

The Home Working Policy for Volunteers (Charities) is for use by a charity which wishes to offer home working to their volunteers as a mode of flexible working. The facility to work from home can be offered to a volunteer to cater for the volunteer’s and/or the charity’s needs or preferences.

The Data Protection Policy for Home Working is based on the UK GDPR Data Protection Policy and includes new provisions specifically geared towards home working. Key elements deal with IT security, VPNs, network security, software updates, and the use of employees’ own devices. The impact of home working on compliance is also covered, including aspects such as handling subject access requests and the safe disposal of personal data.

Working from home following the Covid-19 pandemic is part of Employment Documents. Just £35.00 + VAT provides unlimited downloads from Employment Documents for 1 year.

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