Thinking about introducing a work from home policy?

08 September 2016

Acas has produced a guide which outlines the employment rights and relations issues relating to homeworking.

The Homeworking guide for employers and employees has been written for employers of all sizes and employees and details the employment rights and relations issues relating to:

  • Reasons why homeworking is growing and how employers and employees can assess whether it is a sound option in office-related roles or arrangements where home would be used as a base for travel.
  • Practicalities involved, from establishing a homeworking policy to setting up and managing an employee working from home.
  • Potential benefits and considerations of such homeworking.

The guidance focuses on regular homeworking that has been officially agreed between employee and employer, not incidental homeworking, such as leaving the office on time to do extra hours at home, or one-off situations.

It is aimed primarily at homeworking in office-related roles or arrangements where home is used as a base for travel.

It does not cover what the rights at work body, the International Labour Organisation, calls ‘traditional homeworking’ – people working at home on tasks such as knitting, making up garments or filling envelopes. They can be also known as ‘out workers’ or ‘piece workers’. You can find out more about out work/piece work on the Acas website.