The Coronavirus pandemic is likely to have one of the most significant impacts on the workforce in recent times. Overnight millions of businesses were forced to change the way they operated and quickly get up to speed with home working. Many organisations are coming to the conclusion that the long term benefits of an agile, remote workforce are substantial – perhaps even key to their recovery. Some businesses are planning a rotating working schedule of office working and homeworking, and others are planning to embrace an entire shift to remote working. Whatever your approach, it is clear that now is the time to start planning now for what comes next.
A panel of Osborne Clarke lawyers will be joined by ergonomist, Kirsty Angerer from The Travelling Ergonomist, to explore the agile working issues businesses will need to consider – from both a practical and legal perspective – including:
- changes to employment contracts, safeguarding confidential information and the Agile Working Policy;
- the data protection issues arising from processing of personal data at home and the monitoring of agile workers;
- the H&S obligations on employers towards home workers, including home workstation assessment and provision of work equipment;
- taxes and expenses; and
- encouraging employee buy-in and how to implement your new agile way of working.