It is the start of National Work Life Week and so the question of flexible working is more in focus than ever.
In a recent article, Katee Dias of Goodman Derrick discusses some of the benefits and practical considerations for employers as well as setting out the 5 main employment law concerns relating to flexible working:
1. The statutory right to request - how the employer must deal with it and the limited grounds on which an employer can refuse such a request.
2. Potential discrimination and why requests should be handled with care.
3. Health and safety aspects and how to protect the welfare of workers working remotely.
4. Monitoring employees working flexibly and issues relating to CCTV and monitoring use of IT systems.
5. Security of data and risks where employees are working remotely.
Katee's full article can be read on the link below.
Whilst commuting back from work, you may well overhear conversations about the chairman’s Virtual PA coming into the office for their weekly face-to-face meeting, the mother who is working 4 days a week term time only and the person on their way to the airport to commute back to Spain, who spends one week in the London office and the next working from their beachside home.