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More and more employees now work outside the office, whether for better work-life balance or to match the demands of work. Employment lawyers Hilary O'Connor and Cerys Williams highlight five things to consider with remote working.
Remote working is now a common feature of the business world, whether through ad-hoc communications "on the go" or via more formalised working arrangements.
However, the everyday normality of mobile working should not mislead employers into thinking it is legally straightforward. While the flexible workplace has definite benefits for all, a few basic precautions are needed to avoid some less obvious pitfalls.
Place of work problems
Health and safety obligations do not stop at the office door. Employers need to assess the suitability of the working environment at home by (at the minimum) conducting a workplace risk assessment and ensuring that employer’s liability insurance extends coverage to home working.
Likewise, thought should be given to ergonomic horror story scenarios involved when employees work on the move, hunched over laptops or typing long emails on mobile devices. Useful guidance notes and leaflets can be found on the HSE website, but bear in mind that just providing documents is unlikely to discharge your legal duties, unless this is supported with appropriate training.
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