Introduction to this document

Homeworking policy

If homeworking is a common occurrence in your business, or is likely to become so, consider having a separate policy to cover it. Ours concentrates on the needs of this particular group of employees.

Purpose of homeworking policy

Depending on the degree to which off-site working features in your business, you may find it useful to have a separate policy for it. This will allow you to set out your approach to managing the particular needs of these employees. You may wish to have a single policy which encompasses all “remote” workers, or you may prefer to have separate policies which you can tailor to the needs of different groups. For example, if you have employees who have a formal agreement to work from home, you may find a Homeworking Policy to be beneficial.

Content of policy

Section one is the general statement and this introduces the need to issue a Homeworking Checklist to those wishing to work from home. It also states that the employee’s home must be capable of complying with current legal requirements on health and safety. This is a useful filter, especially if you’ve found yourself having to fend off applications for flexible working from those employees with small children. Such an eventuality is covered by section two on the legal position. The third section defines a homeworker, with the fourth setting out suggested criteria that should be in place before you will consider a homeworking request. The remaining sections cover employee duties and training respectively.