Home working is becoming more common as new technology means employment is no longer restricted by location. However, the home can be a difficult working environment to negotiate. Here we outline some of the legal issues that could arise.
If an office worker is to start working from home, we would advise a new contract is issued which specifies the terms and conditions of their employment. Employees cannot be required to work from home unless it is included in their employment contract and they have agreed to it.
Changing the pay of home workers needs to be handled carefully as if you cut the pay, you could be liable for a claim of constructive dismissal. If you are considering a change in pay, then the employee must be completely aware of it before agreeing to the change in role.
Any decisions to pay a worker less must be objectively justified.
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