Working from Home

The Covid-19 pandemic has meant many more employees are at home working, either full or part time.

Please see the below considerations for employers.

  • Health & Safety of Employees Whilst at Home

The employer still has a duty of care to the employee. Considerations should be given to asking employees to take a risk assessment regarding their home work station. Employers should also review their insurance cover for employees working at home.

  • Monitoring Employees’ Output

Employers can still monitor an employee’s performance and may want to put in some checks and balances with them so they understand how they are being monitored.

  • System Access

Employers will want to take steps to ensure they have access to the required IT systems to complete work and running any tests to make sure the systems can cope with employees accessing them from home.

  • Confidential Information and GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulations are still in effect whilst an employee is working at home. Employers should therefore consider measures to ensure data remains secure and remind employees of the potential consequences for not doing so.

  • Employee Welfare

As there is no personal contact whilst working from home, employers may want to consider other methods to keep in regular communication. Employee welfare is still the responsibility of the employer and during this difficult time, employees are more likely to suffer with health concerns.

Just because employees are working from home does not mean that employers no longer have any obligations to them and employees should not be “out of sight, out of mind”.

If you have any queries regarding employees working at home, please contact our Associate Charlie Wood on 0161 475 7673 or email [email protected]