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Homeworking and an Employer’s Duties

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Since 30 June 2014, all employees who have worked for their employer continuously for 26 weeks have the right to ask their employer if they can work flexibly. For many people, more flexible working arrangements could include carrying out some or all of their work at home.

According to analysis published by the TUC, the number of employees who regularly work from home increased by 19 per cent, to 1,521,000, in the ten-year period from 2005 to 2015 and Government research shows that a further four million workers would welcome the chance to do at least some of their work from home. Whilst there are many jobs that cannot be carried out anywhere other than in the workplace, many roles are suitable for homeworking, and such arrangements can be beneficial to a business in terms of cost savings and staff morale.

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