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Creating or updating a policy

As an employer, you should create a policy for working from home or hybrid working. A policy can help you to consider requests and explain the process to your employees.

You should also:

Many people were temporarily working from home because of the covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. You might be considering making these arrangements more formal. A policy can help you do this.

What a policy is

A policy is a document that:

This allows managers and employees to discuss and agree specific arrangements.

For example, Sal's employer has a hybrid working policy that says employees can usually work remotely up to 3 days per week. Sal wants to work from home 4 days a week.

Sal discusses it with their line manager who explains the policy. Their line manager agrees they can work from home every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. They both agree to review how it works.

Outlining how things work

You should explain how someone can request working from home or hybrid working, and how you will respond.

You should include in your policy how to introduce, set up and support an employee.

Setting flexible limits

A policy should say what types of working from home or hybrid working are available in your organisation.

It should also say how:

Review and consultation

You might need to review things because of changes to the needs of:

You might also be reviewing the outcome of a trial period.

You should regularly review your policies and consult your employees and their representatives. Discuss how things are going and if any changes could be made.

Find out about consulting employees and their representatives

Making changes to employment contracts

When you're creating or updating a policy, you should check whether you'll need to make a change to employment contracts.

Things to check in a contract include:

Find out more about making changes to employment contracts

If you do not need to change an employment contract

If you do not need to change a contract, you should agree any arrangements with staff and put in writing what's been agreed.

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Working From Home Policy (HR Guidelines)

With more employees than ever working from home, employers must ensure they have a working from home policy in place that is clear on standards and expectations for remote workers, while ensuring legal compliance and protecting their interests.

In this guide for employers, we share an overview of the law relating to working from home, including an employer’s legal responsibilities toward their employees, and what a working from home policy should include as a matter of best practice.

The law on working from home

Homeworking is where a member of staff is permitted to carry out their daily contractual duties from home on an occasional, temporary or permanent basis.

The employee will typically still work in accordance with the core conditions under their contract of employment, such as the same working hours and pay, but will not be required to go into their official place of work for those days where working remotely has been agreed on hybrid working basis .

Working from home is a type of flexible working arrangement that can enable employees to meet the demands of their job role while providing a degree of flexibility to achieve a better work/life balance.

There are also various benefits to homeworking for your business, including lowering overhead costs, freeing up office space, and a happier and potentially more productive workforce with improved staff retention.

There is no legal right to work from home .

Employees have the right to request flexible working after accruing 26 weeks’ continuous service . As an employer, you do not have to agree to any such request by law, although you are legally required to consider a request made and provide sound business reasons for any refusal.

What are an employer’s responsibilities for homeworkers?

By law, all employers are under a duty of care to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of their employees, including when an employee works from home.

Ordinarily, you would be expected to carry out some form of health and safety risk assessment of the workspace available within the employee’s home environment. A risk assessment can still be completed, even in the current climate, by way of an employee questionnaire, ensuring that every individual feels that the work they are being asked to do can be achieved safely at home.

You will be responsible for ensuring that employees have access to the right equipment and technology needed to conduct their role from home, such as a laptop, mobile phone, suitable business software and good internet connectivity. Where this needs to be set up or provided, you will be responsible for making this happen, together with any necessary training and support to work from home or to use any remote working systems.

During the course of any period of homeworking you should also keep in regular contact with employees, checking on their health and wellbeing. This includes any mental health issues that may arise as a result of high levels of stress and anxiety, or feelings of isolation, caused by working from home or because of work-related issues.

What should a working from home policy include?

Whether you are considering implementing a working from home policy on a permanent basis or as a temporary measure, you will need clear rules setting out any eligibility requirements, how to request working from home and how this will work in practice.

Below we consider some of the key aspects of a working from home policy.

Eligibility criteria

Your working from home policy should include clear guidelines to let your staff know who is eligible for home working and who is not, as well as how to apply.

When considering eligibility, you will need to take into account the impact on your business of allowing homeworking, and whether this is economically and operationally viable without placing your business at a significant disadvantage.

It may be that the business can survive with only a key number of employees working within certain roles, with the majority working from home. In other cases, working from home may not be possible at all.

Any decision to allow homeworking does not need to be implemented across your entire organisation, although you should be transparent and clear about the basis upon which employees are eligible to work from home, ensuring that this does not discriminate against certain individuals or groups of individuals.

Carrying out a risk assessment

For those who are eligible for homeworking, you will still need to carry out some form of risk assessment for that individual, ensuring that they can work from home safely and reliably without direct supervision, and whether homeworking is feasible in terms of space and equipment, as well as any caring responsibilities, such as for young children or sick and elderly relatives.

Your questionnaire should include asking details about the employee’s personal circumstances or vulnerabilities that you may need to be aware of, such as whether the employee is pregnant, has a weakened immune system or a long-term medical condition such as diabetes, cancer, chronic lung disease or respiratory conditions such as asthma, or lives with anyone with these conditions.

You will also need to ask questions relating to the viability of working from home, including access to any necessary devices, paperwork, office furniture, computer applications, software and a secure internet connection.

Establishing a homeworking agreement

Homeworking can be very different to face-to-face work practices, presenting all sorts of new practical daily challenges. It is important that you set out how you expect employees to perform while working remotely, exactly what they are required to do and how things will work in practice.

This should include agreeing to the following:

It is important to recognise that some individuals may find it hard to organise themselves when working from home, so setting daily or weekly tasks may be a good way of providing a suitable structure for those working remotely.

Ensuring cyber security and data protection

When working from home it is important that employees are fully trained in the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act. If you plan to let your staff use their own devices when working remotely, you need to think about how they will keep any important data safe and private, as well as how any hardcopy files and paperwork will be stored.

You should ensure that homeworkers store and save all online files in the central cloud storage for your company or organisation, and not locally on their own device. Your work from home policy should also include rules such as ensuring employees protect their own devices with antivirus software where necessary. You may need to offer a financial contribution to cover this cost.

Keeping in touch with homeworkers

Regularly keeping in touch with homeworkers is not only essential to the operational needs of your business, but to ensure their health and wellbeing.

It is important that employees have the means to easily communicate with their manager or colleagues, so as to share progress and stay up-to-date with work projects. This might involve new ways of working, for example, using video or conference calling technology, as well as ensuring that employees feel fully supported on both a professional and personal basis.

For those homeworkers with children or other caring responsibilities, you will need to be sensitive and flexible toward their situation. You may need to agree to a more flexible homeworking arrangement, for example, working reduced or different hours, or reducing work targets and being flexible about deadlines.

You may also need to make adjustments to any temporary arrangements to improve an individual’s working conditions, as well as ensuring sufficient IT support to cope with the number of staff working from home at any one time.

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Making changes to working practices can offer considerable benefits to both the employee and employer, but it will be important to have an effective working from home policy in place to have clarity of roles and responsibilities.

Ensuring that you have in place a homeworking policy, with clear guidelines as to what is expected of an employee working remotely, is imperative to maintaining the operational needs of your business, as well as the health and wellbeing of the homeworker.

By failing to establish clear boundaries, this could lead to all kinds of issues including a lack of productivity, unmotivated employees, social isolation and over-working or working unsocial hours. By providing guidance and support, maintaining regular contact and monitoring an employee’s performance, you can help to manage and pre-empt any potential issues.

DavidsonMorris’ employment lawyers can help with all aspects of workforce management. Working closely with our HR specialists, we offer a holistic advisory and support service for employers encompassing both the legal and people management elements of flexible and hybrid working arrangements. Speak to our  experts  today for advice.

Working from home policy FAQs 

What should be included in a working from home policy.

The policy should provide the official guidelines for anyone working from home and for managers responsible for managing homeworkers. This includes details of what is allowable, expectations and the procedures to follow.

What is the law on working from home?

There is no right to work from home, but some employees have a right to request flexible working, which could include a remote working arrangement.

Can an employer refuse working from home?

Employers must consider a statutory request for flexible working, but they may refuse if they have good reason, such as disproportionate costs.

Last updated: 5 August 2022

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Homeworking policy

1.0 introduction.

This policy details the arrangements for and the conditions on which homeworkers are employed by Birkbeck to work from or at home.

Birkbeck employs, in certain circumstances, individuals who solely or mainly work from home where, for contractual purposes, their work base is their home (this does not include Sessional Lecturers). Birkbeck reserves the right to agree to an employee working from home on a trial basis. If such homeworking proves problematic or unsuitable to Birkbeck’s operational requirements and business needs, then the arrangements may be discontinued at Birkbeck’s discretion.

Birkbeck will put in place certain arrangements to assist homeworkers in the effective carrying out and performance of their duties.

Where an employee wishes to request to work from home they must refer to the  Flexible working policy .


The basic terms and conditions on which homeworkers are employed will be as set out in the offer letter and in their Statement of Terms and Conditions of Employment. With the exception of the place of work, these will be comparable to 'office'-based employees.

All Birkbeck policies and procedures will also apply unless it is clearly stated to the contrary. Homeworkers must refer to Birkbeck’s policies, all of which are contained in the Staff Handbook, which has been provided to the homeworker.

The homeworker will be required to work the hours specified in his/her Statement of Terms and Conditions of Employment.


Reviews of work will take place regularly between the homeworker and his/her line manager.

Personal work objectives or targets will be agreed between the homeworker and his/her line manager and should reflect his/her expected contribution towards the College’s overall goals.

The homeworker will be advised in advance of the date of any such meeting, which will usually be held at Birkbeck’s premises.

The purpose of the meeting will be to assess the progress of work allocated to the homeworker and to receive feedback on any problems or concerns the homeworker may have with respect to the work, the arrangements for and the facilities provided to him/her for the carrying out of such work.

In addition, staff development scheme meetings will be conducted each year by the line manager as detailed in Birkbeck’s Staff Development Scheme.


It is recognised that the majority of training occurs within the normal working environment - where employees receive operational training, coaching, detailed procedural guidance and day-to-day advice. Because homeworkers do not have access to this informal training, special consideration will be given to support the development of homeworkers.

All new employees are invited to a Birkbeck induction and all homeworkers are encouraged to attend. However, if this is not possible they will be sent any appropriate documentation from the event.

Where a homeworker has to attend Birkbeck or other premises in order to receive appropriate formal or informal training, overnight accommodation may be provided where necessary. An individual training and development plan will be prepared for each homeworker by his/her line manager in line with the staff development scheme. Where possible, training and meetings will be arranged within the local area.


5.1 Birkbeck recognises the importance of effective communication and has put in place a communication system whereby staff are informed and kept up to date with events and also have an opportunity to air their views and problems.

In this way, information moves downwards through Birkbeck to the workforce and upwards to the policy and decision makers.

Homeworkers in particular need to have effective and continuous access to this communication system so that they are able to identify with the team or unit to which they belong, also to Birkbeck as a whole and so they can participate in Birkbeck’s affairs and events.

5.2 Homeworkers will therefore be sent or have access to the following publications/information:

5.3 The line manager of the homeworker will support him/her as and when needed and provide an additional source of communication and advice. Regular contact should be maintained between the homeworker and their line manager, this may be over the telephone, by email or in person.

5.4 The most important aspect of the communication process is the need for personal interaction between the homeworker and the other members of his/her department. In addition to the compulsory work review meetings, homeworkers will be invited to attend and/or contribute to meetings and to meet colleagues in order to keep in touch with the College on a social level.

5.5 Homeworkers will be asked to give their consent to their contact details (either telephone, emails or home address) being used for the purposes of Section 5.


Birkbeck will arrange for a risk assessment of the work activities carried out by homeworkers. Where necessary, the risk assessment will be carried out by the line manager in the homeworker’s home (homeworkers must  consent to reasonable access (Word) (Birkbeck staff only) ). Homeworkers may also assist in the identification of hazards.

Following the completion of the risk assessment, the College will consult with the homeworker as appropriate and take such steps as are necessary to prevent harm to him/her, or to anyone else who may be affected by his/her work.

All employees are expected to familiarise themselves with the  Statement of Health and Safety Policy, March 2005 , as this contains further information relating to the employee’s and Birkbeck’s health and safety responsibilities.

Additional information can be found on the  Health and Safety website , and specifically in the  health and safety policies .

Homeworkers should be advised that Birkbeck is only responsible for equipment supplied by Birkbeck. It is the homeworker’s responsibility to ensure that all electrical sockets are safe. For further advice, please contact Birkbeck’s Health and Safety Officer.


To facilitate the effective carrying out of a homeworker’s duties, Birkbeck will provide equipment as appropriate to the needs of Birkbeck and to the work undertaken. This may include some of the following:

Line managers will be required to complete a  checklist identifying what equipment will be required (Word) (Birkbeck staff only),  and an inventory will be kept by the line manager as a means of recording the equipment supplied. The employee will be required to sign for the receipt of any equipment provided.

The equipment supplied will remain the property of Birkbeck, employees are required to store equipment safely and responsibly. The equipment must be returned to Birkbeck in the event that the homeworker leaves Birkbeck’s employment.

Homeworkers are not required to take out additional insurance to cover Birkbeck equipment, however, they are advised to check that their home building and/or contents insurance(s) are not invalidated by working from home or by the storage and use of Birkbeck equipment at home. Any additional costs to the homeworker’s insurance, as a result of working from home, will be met by Birkbeck, where evidence of the additional costs is provided.


8.1 equipment and services.

The homeworker will be entitled to receive reimbursement of any costs incurred in the provision of services connected to the work activity that are agreed with his/her line manager, as necessary to carry out his/her role.

In all cases, reimbursement of installation and rental costs will be subject to Birkbeck being satisfied that these items would not have been installed, but for the employee’s obligation to Birkbeck and that the employee actually incurs the costs. Examples of provisions may include:

No more than one installation charge per employee will be reimbursed. Employees will make their own arrangements for any installation required.

Payment of telephone, fax and modem accounts will be the responsibility of the employee who, after making the payments, may claim reimbursement.

Reimbursement will be made on the basis of a quarterly expense claim form being submitted as detailed in  Birkbeck’s Reimbursement of expenses procedure (Birkbeck staff only) .

Travel between the homeworker’s home and Birkbeck’s premises or any other location visited on behalf of Birkbeck is regarded as business travel and will be reimbursed. For all claims for reimbursement of travel expenses, staff should submit a  claim for expenses (Birkbeck staff only) .


Any additional home expenses such as heating and lighting, which are incurred as a result of working from home will not be reimbursed by Birkbeck.


Birkbeck will not be liable for any increase in the homeworker’s mortgage payments or any similar liability as a result of the homeworker working from home and as may be imposed by a building society or similar lender. The homeworker is advised to ensure for his/her own information whether there may be any consequential increase or effect on his/her mortgage payments.


All those persons referred to within this policy are required to adhere to its terms and conditions. They must understand that this policy is also incorporated into their contract of employment.

Individual managers are responsible for ensuring that this policy is applied within their own area. Any queries on the application or interpretation of this policy must be discussed with the Human Resources team prior to any action being taken.

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Discipline and grievance, dispute resolution, employee relations, employees and workers, family friendly and flexible working rights, managing absence and capability, pay and benefits, recruitment and selection, termination, terms and conditions, homeworking policy.

This policy includes information on applying for homeworking, trial periods, training, management supervision, care and security, the equipment that will be provided by the company and homeworking abroad.

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A Complete Guide to Homeworking the Legal Requirements

Employer obligations for employees working from home.

Homeworking is on the rise. According to the Office of National Statistics, by 2020, 50% of the UK workforce will be working flexibly and working from home.

Right now, 4.2 million people call their house their office and the expectation for flexible working is becoming more and more in demand. Is your business ready?

Before you can offer such a benefit, you need to understand the legal requirements for working from home. You also need to make sure that your staff have the tools they need to work effectively while out of the office.

Legal Considerations for Homeworkers

Employment Contracts – These Must Reflect Homeworking

A standard employment contract will not cover homeworking arrangements. To protect your staff and your business, you need to outline:

1. Place of work

If the employee will be working from home, the normal place of work will be the employee’s home. However, include a provision that the employee can be required to attend the office. This gives you the flexibility to call them in when you need them.

You should also include a provision that homeworking is subject to change if the employee moves house. As an employer, you are responsible for your staff, so changes in the place of work must be given due consideration.

2. Hours of work

As well as how many hours they should work, specify when the employee will need to be available for work. Many homeworking employees work flexible hours, so outline their “core hours” and never assume they are doing a normal 9-5.

3. Expenses

Working from home means that employees will be using their internet, electricity and phone for work purposes. So be explicit with expenses.

As an employers, will you cover…?

Outline the things your employee can and cannot claim for in their contract. In certain circumstances, payments by employers to reimburse employees for reasonable costs incurred as a result of homeworking can be tax-exempt.

3b. Tax exemptions for employee expenses

To be eligible, the employee must be working under homeworking arrangements . Employers can pay £4/week and the employee doesn’t have to record expenses. Alternatively, employees can choose to seek tax relief arrangements.

4. Confidentiality and data protection

To protect your business, your staff and your intellectual property, make sure your employee contracts set clear provisions for data security.

These should cover:

If the employee is using their own computer/phone, ensure you have a right to monitor work communications on those devices.

Make sure they have a password in place to limit access. Also, include in the contract terms that allow you to provide them with any security equipment you deem necessary (shredders, CCTV, filing cabinets etc.)

5. Rights to enter

Consider whether you need to include a licence to enter the employee’s home. You may need to install, maintain or service company equipment, or retrieve it on termination. A right to enter will also allow you to carry out risk assessments for health and safety purposes.

6. Trial periods & Review

Homeworking might not be a good fit for you or your employee. A set trial period and review baked into the contract will give both parties an opportunity to be flexible about homeworking.

Staff Benefits & Homeworking

If you offer on-site benefits as part of your employment contracts you must offer those benefits to homeworkers too. Failure to do so can result in discrimination allegations and breach of contract.

Ensure, for example, that they have access to work related benefits (such as the staff canteen or workplace gym) even though they may not use them regularly.

Public liability insurance

Check your employer’s liability insurance covers employees working from home. Make sure that any lack of action does not invalidate the insurance.

Health and safety at work extends to the home

As an employer, you are responsible for the health, safety and welfare of your employees. You must exercise all reasonable means of ensuring this.

Data protection and security

Most homeworking employees move data (or devices that can access that data) into public spaces. That opens up the risk of data being mislaid. Many breaches have occurred from documents being left on trains, USB sticks falling out of pockets, or laptops being stolen.

But you can’t just monitor all your employees’ personal dealings. They have the right to privacy.

As the  Article 29 Working Party states : “Technologies that monitor communications can […] have a chilling effect on the fundamental rights of employees.”

Stay compliant by setting clear boundaries and responsibilities for all parties. Carry out a risk assessment of the data protection implications of homeworking. This would include consideration of the following:

Employees working from home does not change their tax status. You still deduct income tax and national insurance contributions as normal.

However, you may advise the employee:

Reporting and performance reviews

Out of sight does not mean out of mind. If you are implementing homeworking, you need to review performance and quality policies. Employees working from home can feel isolated and without support. This can affect morale and company culture.

Working time

Under the Working Time Regulations 1998, time spent travelling to work does not count as “working time”.

However, where the employee’s normal place of work is their home and they travel to their employer’s premises or to see clients/customers, this could count as “working time”.

You will need to ensure that homeworkers do not exceed the 48-hour limit on their working week when travel is taken into account (or that they have opted out of the maximum hours’ cap).

Mortgage provider consent

Remind your homeworker that they must have consent from their mortgage provider to work from home.

Remember…Equip your staff

There is no legal obligation on an employer to provide the equipment for homeworking. But it only benefits your business to make sure your staff have the tools they need to do the job.

Most employers will provide basic equipment at least. This usually means providing a phone and computer.

If the employee will be using their own computer equipment, agree on whether or not you will pay for maintenance, repairs and software updates.

Benefits of letting employees work at home

Being able to work at home isn’t just handy for employees. It has can benefit your business, too.

20% of employees that work from home find themselves more productive. With no commute and fewer workplace distractions, your staff get more work done. Giving them the flexibility to choose where they work is considered a benefit. You can attract and retain critical skills and talent.

No commute also means a lower overall carbon footprint for your business. The average commute is 15 miles to work and the same back. If your employee drives an average car, that commute puts 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year.

That doesn’t include the cost of heating and lighting a workspace. Letting employees work from home reduces your overheads and frees up office space. In places like London where office space is at a premium, many businesses are opting for hot desking and getting rid of permanent desks altogether.

In order to gain these benefits, you need to make sure you meet certain legal requirements. This includes changes to employment contracts, setting policies for health and safety, data security, tax, public liability and making sure you’re meeting the training and development needs of your staff.

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Home working policy and procedure

The purpose of this policy and procedure is to provide a framework of understanding about how home working operates at the Housing Ombudsman Service.

The purpose of this policy and procedure is to provide a framework of understanding about how home working operates at the Housing Ombudsman Service (HOS). It is based upon the principles outlined below, which also meet the requirements of all relevant employment legislation and support a new and modern way of working

HOS recognises that for mutual benefit homeworking is an option for many job roles within HOS. We promote flexible working for all staff and will agree to an employee working partly or wholly from home where appropriate. This policy defines what home working means for HOS, what needs to be in place to ensure the wellbeing of employees. It is the HOS's policy to encourage open discussion with employees to ensure that questions and problems can be resolved as quickly as possible.

The policy and procedure apply to all employees and agency temps. For the policy to be effective, it is essential that colleagues and those involved in the management of colleagues are aware of the policy and procedure and adhere to it. Ultimately it is the responsibility of the Senior Leadership Team in conjunction with the Head of Human Resources to ensure that this is the case.

3. Core Principles

HOS will provide appropriate training and support to those involved in the management of colleagues. Any colleague at a management level should satisfy themselves that they understand the requirements of this policy and the related policies and procedures.

HOS will promote best practice in the management of home working. It will regularly review its provisions to ensure that they are legally compliant and reflect best practice.

HOS will support home working, and this will be agreed between the line manager and the individual taking into consideration team and business needs. Individual needs for flexibility will also be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Whilst home working, employees must take responsibility for their work during HOS office hours; the system is reliant on there being trust between managers and employees. This is so fundamental that any breach of trust will be treated very seriously and may be regarded as misconduct. Appropriate action may follow under the Disciplinary Policy.

Working at home is a benefit available to all staff and not a requirement, days must be agreed in advance with the line manager. There will be some circumstances where working from home a viable option is not or where the operational needs necessitate a different approach.

4. Types of home working

There are various ways that home working may operate, ranging from rare occasions that arise and do not form a routine, to formal arrangements that are identified as such in the contract of employment:

4.1  Occasional Home Working

Taking work home occasionally, on an ad hoc basis, to concentrate on a particular project or task may be suitable in the following circumstances: Where a specific task need dedicated and focused input and/or could be dealt with more efficiently at home e.g., saved travelling time and lack of interruptions; Where it is difficult for colleagues to get in to work e.g., adverse weather, or a short but unavoidable commitment at home

4.2  Hybrid Working

Working from home 20 to 80 percent of the time on a regular basis, the individual would come into the office for the balance of time. Colleagues permanent place of work would be both an office location and their home address.

Please note that hybrid working is subject to desk availability. Please refer to the desk booking process.

4.3  Permanent Home Working

Working from home 100 percent of the time (see 5.1 with regards to required attendance). This may be suitable where the job can be done just as effectively and efficiently from home.

5. Job Roles and Requirements

HOS believes that some roles lend themselves to homeworking more readily than others under homeworking, roles can be undertaken from the office or home. The balance between office and home working will vary depending on the role and the person concerned, and the days which are office-based days, and which are home- based days will be agreed.

Your principal residence must be within the United Kingdom.

5.1 Attendance at the Office

All colleagues will be required to attend the office or other suitable venue on occasion. Reasons for this may be – but are not limited to; colleague events and/or quarterly directorate meetings, training (where not available or appropriate to be held online), team meetings (if and when reasonably requested by line manager and when not appropriate to be held online), issues concerning performance management.

Senior managers may also need to attend meetings such as Advisory Board, DLUHC Accounting Officer meeting, ARAC etc.

It is anticipated that colleague events and directorate meetings will be a mix of in person and online events, resulting in attendance in the office for these events once a quarter. A degree of flexibility is required, and HOS will endeavour to give

reasonable notice for any request to attend the office or an alternatively suitable venue.

5.2 Employees in probation period

Homeworking will be available to all colleagues, including those in probation

6. Home Working in Practice

Your principal residence must be within the United Kingdom

Requests can be made for a short period of working abroad to be added to a period of annual leave. Each request will be assessed individually and in line with the Working Abroad policy.

Colleagues, where home working is mutually agreed will be asked to complete an agreement that they understand their responsibilities and those of HOS while working at home. This includes the areas covered below. Annex 1 lays out the Home Working Agreement that should signed by the colleague and the line manager. This will be held in the colleague's personnel folder on the HR system.

6.1  Insurance Cover

Colleagues should ensure that all HOS property is used appropriately and responsibly and that all reasonable precautions are taken to prevent damage and theft. Any damage or theft of HOS property must be reported to the line manager immediately.

Colleagues working at home are covered by HOS’s Employer’s Liability Insurance and Public Liability Insurance providing the rules of this policy have been followed.

6.2  Communication and Contact

Communication arrangements must be robust. Colleagues working from home should be readily contactable, normally by email, Teams and by telephone, during normal working hours. Home workers must let their line manager or colleagues know in advance (where appropriate) of any times they will be out, seeking permission where appropriate.

We will expect a homeworker to contact their line manager on a regular basis as agreed in advance [i.e., once a day/twice a week]

6.3  Information Security

All colleagues working from home must ensure that they adhere to HOS’s policies, procedures, and guidance in relation to Information Security, Data Protection and Freedom of Information.

The home worker will have a direct responsibility for all HOS information material held at their home and must ensure that it is not accessible to non-authorised people (e.g., other members of the household). All colleagues will be expected to follow Housing Ombudsman Service’s information security policies and procedures at all times.

6.4           Health and Safety

The work that colleagues will be carrying out at home is paper-based or computer- based work and in general such work is not high risk. Nevertheless, HOS has responsibilities under health and safety legislation when colleagues are working from home This includes the requirement to undertake the online Display Screen Equipment training and self-assessment.

Staff will be provided with equipment which is appropriate for their job roles and in line with any reasonable adjustments that an individual has.

Colleagues should refer to the Equipment Policy for any other requirements

7. Attendance and availability for work

Colleagues must be available and able to work on their contracted days whether they are in the office or working from home unless absence is for an authorised form of leave or sickness. Any variation to this arrangement can only be made by prior agreement with the manager.

Colleagues should remember that the needs of the customer, and the service will always take priority.

Where a colleague is being asked to attend the office at short notice, managers should endeavor to make the call at a time that enables the employee to arrive at their normal starting time. Where this is not possible the employee’s travelling time will be considered as part of their working day.

Colleagues should log in to the IT and telephony system to clearly indicate their availability status throughout their working day. This entails ensuring that outlook calendars are kept open, accessible to colleagues and are up to date.

As a rule, colleagues are expected to work in the same way, whether they are in the office or working from home. For example, if they would usually be available to answer the telephone, respond to emails etc. during the hours the service operates (usually between 9.15am – 5.15pm) they will be expected to do this when working from home, unless a change is agreed with their line manager. Whether or not the line manager agrees to a change, will depend upon the circumstances of the request and its impact on the team and service delivery.

In the case of a systems failure, colleagues should contact their manager, who will need to establish the extent of the system failure, the impact on the service and decide on the appropriate course of action. In some cases, this will involve seeking advice from senior management. Managers should activate their business contingency plans as appropriate.

8. Patterns of work

The days those colleagues work in the office or work from home will be organised, planned, and agreed in advance with their line manager. This will not be in a public place i.e. library or internet café.

The needs of the service will always take priority, however a collaborative approach between management and colleagues is more likely to achieve a mutually beneficial arrangement.

Ultimately the manager will have the responsibility for ensuring that service needs take priority; those colleagues are treated fairly and are trusted to take responsibility for themselves and their work when working from home.

Managers will, in consultation with colleagues, decide a pattern that best meets the needs of the service.

Colleagues who are not permanent home workers must understand that these patterns are subject to change; there is no entitlement to work from home on specific days of the week. Consequently, employees must be ready to alter their working pattern if required and should be wary of making any commitments on homeworking days as these may need to change.

The arrangements for the scheduling of rotas will vary to suit operational needs. Rotas will also need to be reviewed to consider new starters and leavers.

Working from home is not a substitute for caring for dependents. Colleagues are expected to have made alternative arrangements for the care of their dependents during their working day.

9. Exceptions from home working

  HOS recognises that there are circumstances where home working may not be possible.

The following are examples of where managers may consider making exceptions. This is not an exhaustive list and advice may need to be sought from HR depending on the circumstances.

9.1  Staff who require specialist equipment.

There will be a priority seating for staff who have special requirements and where hot-desking is not appropriate. However, HOS does not want to prevent them from having the same opportunities as other staff to work from home

In discussion with the individual, and seeking advice, managers should take individual circumstances into account and ensure that staff are treated fairly and according to their particular needs.

The HOS operates a 35-hour working week. The scheme of flexible working hours will continue to operate. Employees will work their contractual hours whether, or not, they are working in the office or from home.

It is expected that standard office hours will continue to be 09.15 -17.15 for most services. Staff will therefore be required to work hours that facilitate and enable the operation of the services.

Hours can be worked flexibly in line with service needs and with the agreement of the line manager to achieve a better work life balance. Managers will therefore need to consider the suitability of flexitime within the operational demands of the service.

Where flexitime is operating, the scheme will be applied as set out below. Managers may make minor changes to meet particular needs.

Flexitime is not restricted to days worked in the office; Consistent extra hours need to be agreed with line managers.

Flexi-time scheme:

12.00 and 14.15.

11. Sickness Absence

Where an employee is unable to work due to sickness, they must on the first day of absence, contact their manager at the earliest opportunity.

As a guide working from home is not to be used as a substitute for a working in the office day, when an employee feels “under the weather” i.e., they feel unable to

make the journey into the office but feel able to continue their normal work from home. Last minute changes could impact on other team members and are therefore difficult to accommodate.

It is however recognised that there may be times or circumstances where such requests may be agreed by exception. In their discussion the manager should consider the hours the employee expects to be able to work and their likely output before determining whether it is appropriate for the employee to work from home in this situation. It is also imperative that the employee has the necessary equipment at home to be able to do this (i.e., laptop etc.,).

An employee who has reported in as sick and will have it recorded as such, is not expected to work either in the office or at home. Managers should be respectful of this.

12. Performance

Working from home relies on outcome-based management. This means that staff are managed based upon their results. To achieve this staff are expected to deliver outcomes within their contractual hours. The arrangements for how hours are worked will be agreed in advance with line managers.

This approach will require a strong commitment by managers and employees to plan and ensure that regular 1-2-1 meetings take place and relevant targets are used to represent the outcomes required.

Working from home requires some changes in relationship between employees and their managers. As a result, there are different responsibilities for all staff. All responsibilities are set out below.

12.1  Employees will:

12.2 Managers will:

12.3 Managers will ensure that their team:

13. Recruitment

Working within a home working environment requires particular skills. It is therefore important that these are incorporated into JD/PS when making new appointments.

As services move to home working the following criteria should then be applied and assessed as part of the normal selection process.

13.1 Managerial posts

The HOS home working policy means that staff may be managed remotely. Managers must therefore be able to:

13.2 All other posts

The HOS home working policy allows colleagues to work from home. To be able to do so you must:

13.3 HOS website

The careers page on the HOS website will be updated to reference the home working strategy. Interview panels should however be prepared to provide a fuller explanation of how home working operates within the team.

13.6    New starters

The induction and probationary procedures should be applied to new employees in accordance with the respective policies. Managers will however need to ensure that these employees receive an induction that incorporates the Home Working Policy and Protocols and how these operate within their service area.

14. Expenses and travel

 14.1 equipment.

The equipment policy details which home working equipment HOS considers essential for home working safely. It details the eligibility criteria and pre-approved maximum reimbursement costs.

Where there is a medical reason or reasonable adjustment to enable the employee to carry out the duties of the post, this will be addressed via the online DSE assessment for homeworking. Requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

14.2  Travel expenses

Travel between an employee’s home and a permanent workplace is not considered business travel and therefore expenses for such journeys cannot be claimed. An employee’s permanent workplace is considered to be that which is stated in their contract of employment.

Where an employee has approval to work from home and their employment base remains unchanged, then travel expenses to and from their normal office base may not be claimed. Travel to any temporary workplace may be claimed.

For employees who have their contractual base office changed to “home”, and who travel to and from any temporary workplace, including to any company office or client site, in the performance of their duties, may claim business travel expenses for such journeys. It should be noted however, from a tax perspective, that a temporary workplace may become a permanent workplace if the employee attends regularly or follows a pattern.

14.3  Tax Guidance

It is anticipated that, in the majority of cases, the costs of working from home will be offset by the savings in the cost and time of commuting to work, and the benefits of an improved work/life balance. Therefore, any costs incurred by working at home will not be met by the HOS.

Colleagues should refer to HMRC for any ta guidance for homeworkers.

Published March 2022

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Any employee can request to work from home, and you have to at least consider the proposal.

But allowing a staff member to work from home is often a complex process. And it all starts with a work from home policy in the UK. 

How to use this template

You can download our work from home policy document for free as part of our resources. It’s simply a case of entering a few details and then you’ll have access to the sample homeworking policy. 

Remember, you should adapt the template to suit your business’ needs. You can’t use it as a direct policy as it won’t meet all of your business’ requirements. 

To use it effectively, you should consider the points it addresses and raises and then apply them to your employees’ remote working needs. 

For example, you’ll need to perform a health & safety risk assessment . And ensure your staff have the right equipment to complete their job. 

This will vary in your business to the template, so complete every step with consideration of your requirements as a business--with consideration for the industry you operate in. 

What is included in this template? 

After downloading, you’ll have what amounts to work from home policy guidelines. You’ll have access to: 

You’ll need to be flexible and practical with these to ensure you, as an employer, establish understandable rules that ensure productivity. 

But that also allows your employees to perform their respective roles without any hindrances. 

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Don’t forget, you can get in touch with our team of experts on 01455 858 132 . We can guide you through each stage of the policy so you can understand how to implement your work from home policy. This includes how to:

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Businesses that have a working from home policy might find it easier to recruit people, as more and more employees expect flexible working to be available.

But working from home needs to be managed carefully, so it’s important to have a proper working from home policy in place.

Here’s a working from home policy template that you can use to set expectations with your team.

What is a working from home policy?

A working from home policy is a document that outlines what homeworking means at your business, as well as how employees can ask to work from home. It will outline some of the working from home rules that are specific to your business.

You can offer homeworking as part of a flexible or hybrid policy , whereby employees are still expected to come into the office on certain days of the week.

Or, you might even be comfortable letting your employees work from home full-time.

A working from home policy details your approach to homeworking, including:

Your working from home policy should also detail when employees can expect a reply to their request and whether there’s a trial period.

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Choose to download your template now, or get it directly from Farillio’s site where you’ll also get access to their full suite of customisable legal templates.

Your homeworking policy and treating employees fairly

According to Acas , you shouldn’t treat employees differently if some work from home while others are on your premises. Even if they’re not physically present, they’re still your employees, so you should continue giving them access to the same support and opportunities.

For example, an employee shouldn’t be left out of an important meeting just because they’re working at home. Tools like Zoom and Google Meet can help make sure that everybody is included.

Plus, when dealing with homeworking requests you should make sure you don’t discriminate against anybody that has a ‘protected characteristic’ (for example, age or disability).

The example that Acas gives is if you grant a homeworking request to a male employee that has children, but then deny a similar request from a female employee on the basis that her children could distract her.

How working from home can work for your business

It’s always best to be open and encourage discussion among employees, helping them find working patterns that suit them and their teams best.

Some employees might have responsibilities at home you’re not aware of, while others will always prefer working from your premises. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution, which is why talking is so important.

For your part, it will help to be clear about the tasks that can’t be performed anywhere other than your premises, and how often you expect your employees to meet together as a team.

As mentioned above, you can also think about the tools and equipment that will make homeworking easier. Whether it’s Zoom, Trello, or Slack, there’s lots of software available that will keep employees working from home updated and engaged.

Read more: the best free tools for remote working

Why use a working from home policy template by Farillio?

Farillio created their documentation (including this free working from home policy) specifically with small business owners and the self-employed in mind. It helps you meet your legal responsibilities, giving templates for your particular needs.

Our partnership with them lets us bring you quality, customisable legal documentation. See all our business resources from Farillio .

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Following the COVID-19 outbreak, employers have adapted by transitioning many employees to work from home for the foreseeable future.  As a result, businesses are finding themselves in a position where they are saying ‘we’ve not worked this way before, how do we make it work for us?’ 

An important first step is to consider implementing a home working policy if you haven’t done so already.

Why do we need a homeworking policy?

Home working, done well, can increase productivity, increase the mental and physical wellbeing of your workforce, and create a greater sense of work/life balance. 

Having a homeworking policy in place will enable you to provide your remote workers with clear guidance regarding important aspects of employment and business including health and safety, data protection, costs and insurance.

What should a homeworking policy include?

You may want to include some, or all, of the following in your Homeworking Policy.

Skills and attributes

At present, many, or all, of your employees may not have any choice other than to work at home. However, if this is something that you continue with in the future, consider carefully the skills and competencies you expect your employees to have to work from home effectively.

For example, you will probably require them to have good organisation skills, to be able to work without direct supervision, and to plan their work effectively. Detail this in your policy so that your expectations are clear when employees are considering making a request to work at home.

Working hours

Be clear about how working hours will be affected by homeworking. Will you have set or core working hours? Will there be some flexibility homeworkers’ working hours? How will you monitor working hours?

Rest breaks

Consider for rest breaks and how these will be managed. It is useful in your policy to refer to the Working Time Regulations 1998 and be clear that employees must take breaks in line with this legislation.

Visits to company premises and to the employee’s home

Consider the purpose of the visits, and how frequently these will be arranged. Stipulate in your policy your requirements for office and home visits.

Stationery and equipment

Set out everything that will be provided by the organisation and what you expect the employee to provide. For example, you may provide computer equipment and a phone, whilst requiring the employee to have their own office furniture.

Internet and telephone connectivity costs

Set out in your policy who will pay for these and if/how the business will contribute to the costs incurred.

Data security

Specifiy in your policy the steps you require home workers to take in order to protect the data of your employees, customers and other stakeholders.

Health and safety

Consider the health and safety of your employees and and how they may be impacted by homeworking.

Insurance, mortage and rental agreements

Be clear in your policy about how you expect employees to deal with their insurance, mortgage and/or rental agreements if they are working from home.

Requests for homeworking

Set out clearly in your homeworking policy how employees should ask to work from home as part of a flexible working request.

The right to request flexible working

Once an employee has completed 26 weeks service with your organisation they have a right to submit a flexible working request, and you have a legal obligation to consider the request.

For the purpose of this article, flexible working may be an employee requesting to work from home on a permanent basis, temporary basis or on selected days.

There are many benefits of flexible working for employees as well as for employers, but you need to consider the request against the needs of the business, as well as how it might impact other staff.

If you have a flexible working request and you are unsure whether you can accommodate it you should consider the following.

Risk Assessments

Health and safety isn’t just in the workplace, it’s at home too. As an employer you have a duty of care to your homeworking employees and the HSE advises that as an employer you must consider the following:

If an employee will be working from home on a long term basis then it is recommended that you complete a workstation assessment .

Communicating with homeworkers

Since being told we have to be at home, businesses are coming up with new ways of keeping in contact with employees. For some, this may be starting to feel like a new normal. However, if you are struggling to keep in contact then we recommend the following.

Download our Template Homeworking Policy below to give you a head start on drafting your home working policy.

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Home working policy and risk assessment pack for employers

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This home working pack will help you review and update your policies and practices easily, allowing your staff to work from home as efficiently as possible, as cyber safely as possible, and ensuring employers remain compliant with health & safety and contractual obligations.

This article contains: 

The general move to hybrid working arrangements for employees means more homeworking, so these documents can be incorporated into your hybrid working policies. There are now many reasons why an employer and an employee may agree homeworking – hybrid working – arrangements. It is important to explain what is expected during homeworking and ensure the worker and manager are clear how the new homeworking arrangement will work. We recommend writing to the worker to set out the changes to the employment contract and the new homeworking policy and ask the worker to agree to the changes so there is a clear record of the agreed changes.

Explain the change in working arrangements to employees and confirm in writing

With the pandemic fast forwarding a greater acceptance of home working and a new of era of flexibility, there are now many reasons why an employer and employee may agree on homeworking arrangements. It is important to explain to what is expected during homeworking and ensure employee and linemanager are both clear on how the new homeworking arrangement will work. We recommend writing to the employee to set out the changes to the employment contract and the new homeworking policy and ask the them to agree to the changes, so there is a clear record of the agreed changes

Below are elements you need to consider, and we suggest cover, in a letter to your home workers. Include the home working policy and risk assessment that you can download here and amend when you send the letter. Employers should remember to give themselves the flexibility to require workers on notice to return back to working in the office.

The letter represents a change to the worker’s contract so needs to be customised for the relevant home worker. Get in touch if you need more advice and guidance on getting this right for your particular situation, or if you need a template letter to start from.

Why is it so important to issue a formal letter ?

Employers have a legal duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees, including those who work from home, under the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974: As part of these duties:

Health & Safety Executive (HSE) guidance for employers on protecting home workers .

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A Homeworking policy sets out the basis for working from home, the assessment criteria, the necessary arrangements and how home working will be managed going forward.

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Homeworker’s risk assessment

This risk assessment should be sent with the letter and homeworking policy to the homeworker. It can be completed by the homeworker and includes questions assessing technology, data security & confidentiality and additional information for higher risk cases for example expectant mothers. It also includes a critically important final question so easily missed by employers.

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Setting up effective homeworking

The Health & Safety Executive have produced a working from home toolbox and video here and a display screen equipment (DSE) checklist here

Systems and data security for home workers

Protecting data security and data confidentiality in a homeworking setting.

Businesses still have a legal responsibility to ensure that they have sufficient data security and data protection practices in place for homeworking as well as health and safety considerations for employees. There are increased risks from:

– malware attacks – data breaches – use of down devices, and – adoption of new technology which has been poorly implemented, secured or assessed may arise

Employers are responsible for data security and protection of personal information. This remains the case when any member of your workforce is homeworking.

Employees must try to maintain the same standards of data confidentiality and security at home as they would normally do in the office. 

Phishing attacks sky rocketed during the pandemic and continue to be a problem with significant numbers targeted at home workers. (At the height of the lockdown Google was blocking 18 million coronavirus scam emails every day). Do warn and train your staff to avoid a disruptive security breach and IT misuse from these attacks.

Employers may want to think about:

For more information and advice on data security and confidentiality, and what to do once your risk assessments are in, contact Karen Heaton at  who works closely with The Legal Partners when we advise clients on these issues.

Practical tips for homeworking to share with your staff

Some important reminders to keep in mind and review from time to time with all existing staff and new joiners who are working from home.

Define your space –   have a dedicated area for work, however small, to separate work life from home life. Ideally in a separate area, but otherwise any quiet area.

Working from home equipment – as employers will not be able to see the working from home set-up of certain staff, it is important to keep in regular discussions regarding employee’s working from home equipment (ie making sure laptops, monitors and headphones are functional and up to date), in order to ensure that all employees are equipped to manage their workload from home. 

Sitting correctly –   in an ideal situation, every employee should have a fit-for-purpose work chair and desk as well as desk equipment set up professionally. Make sure you have checked in with your team on these elements.

Working in natural light, sitting with correct posture in the best chair possible, ensuring laptop screens are positioned at eye height and using external keyboard & mouse wherever possible, are all important elements to get right. Check in with your teams on these aspects, and use/share the links in the section above.

Take regular short breaks – every 20 minutes, look up, stretch, walk about, reach out to a colleague, open a window and get some fresh air. Make time to eat lunch properly. 

Establish a routine – establishing some familiarity can help people stay productive and to feel in control, happier at work. Set regular hours and stick to the schedule. 

Plan the day –  set a plan for each day and where possible stick to it.   Work-life balance – many people have family, caring responsibilities and household set ups that make keeping to their usual work hours difficult, and can make working from home a challenge. Discuss with people individually what working from home means for them, adapt working structures and agree a way forward. 

Staying in touch – much has been written about this. Ironically, homeworking has proved a golden opportunity to break the much ingrained office habit of relying solely on email communication. Whether its by mobile, video chat, MS Teams, virtual tea-breaks or the many other ways to connect, make it a daily habit to have  5 or 10 minutes general chat. Plan quarterly virtual team-building get togethers, so that team members can establish a relationship outside of work activities. 

Whatever technology is used, the point is don’t allow vacuums in communications to arise. Schedule regular ‘check in, check out’ team conference calls, at the beginning and end of the day. Dedicate part of the call to something not work-related. Ensure everyone is involved and heard, especially those who are not physically visible.

Employers increasingly expect line managers to take responsibility for their team’s health and wellbeing. Be mindful that more junior line managers may well need some coaching in how to do this for their teams.

Some firms have created ‘wellbeing platforms’; breaking areas down into mental wellbeing, physical wellbeing, thought leadership and combining childcare with homeworking, inviting staff to contribute.

Training & upskilling. Many employers took the opportunity in lockdown to train and upskill their teams using the online resources, (Microsoft Excel topped the list of training courses taken during the pandemic). Continuing training programs, and promotions, when staff are homeworking is good for morale, and for moving forward.

Below are some helpful additional resources, tips and reminders on managing remote teams and all aspects of effective homeworking.

Additional homeworking resources

CIPD have made available a more general guide outlining  some of the key aspects Managers need to consider when ‘preparing the organisation for home working ‘.

For more information or queries about issues discussed in this article, please contact Richard Mullett by email . To speak directly with or any other of The Legal Partners team of specialist business and HR lawyers based at our Richmond UK office, or our partner lawyers in Singapore or Guanzhou, please call +44 203 755 5288

This article explains the main legal issues and common situations to consider. It is not a substitute for legal advice. Please get in contact to discuss your particular issue or queries.

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As an employer, you have the same health and safety responsibilities for people working at home as for any other worker.

This guidance applies to those who:

Most of the time, risks to home workers will be low and the actions you should take to protect them will be straightforward.

Things you should consider as part of your risk assessment for home workers include:

You should talk to your workers about their arrangements, as working from home may not be suitable for everyone. For example, some people may not have an appropriate place to work or may prefer to come into the workplace for wellbeing, mental health or other reasons.

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Labour says it will urge UK firms to publish menopause action plan

Menopausal women could be offered paid time off as part of efforts to support wellbeing of women

Menopausal women could be offered paid time off and working environments with temperature-controlled areas under Labour plans to support the wellbeing of women in the workplace.

About one in 10 women aged 45-55 left their jobs last year due to their symptoms and ultimately the lack of workplace support, according to research supported by the Fawcett Society.

In an effort to support women to stay or return to the workforce, Labour has pledged to bring in a requirement for large companies to publish and implement a “menopause action plan” that sets out how they are supporting their employees experiencing menopausal symptoms.

The party plans to release government guidance, advising employers on the best ways to help their employees. Working women could also be offered alterations to their uniform to help manage menopausal symptoms.

Angela Rayner, the party’s deputy leader, said the policy was a “simple and effective way” to “improve productivity, keep more people in work and ultimately grow our economy for all”. Anneliese Dodds, the shadow women and equalities secretary, hailed the move as a “vital step forward” as the Conservatives “have vacated the field on supporting women”.

Employers will be required to submit their action plans to an existing government portal used for gender pay gap reporting.

Starmer’s plans go a step further than those presented under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership in 2019. Three years ago, Labour offered women flexible working hours and a requirement for employers to treat the menopause like a long-term fluctuating health condition.

Other changes suggested at the time included training managers about how the menopause can affect women, and what assistance they might need, as well as workplace facilities such as access to ventilation facilities and cold water.

Rayner, who also holds the post of shadow future of work secretary, said: “Everyone should be supported to thrive at work. But all too often women going through the menopause are being let down. Under the Conservatives, the number of women leaving the workforce is soaring, and productivity is plummeting as those who continue in work aren’t getting the support they need. This is bad for women, bad for business and bad for our economy.”

She continued: “I know from working with many incredible women how hard it is to get on at work every day while battling severe symptoms including depression, joint pain and extreme fatigue. It happens in every workplace, but too often women suffer in silence.

“Building on our new deal for working people, the next Labour government will help employers to support the wellbeing of their female workers, and our proposals are a simple and effective way to do this. We want to work with businesses and trade unions to bring about practical solutions like this to improve productivity, keep more people in work and ultimately grow our economy for all.”

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Dodds said: “Women in their 50s are the fastest-growing group in the workforce but they face significant pressures, and many are managing their menopause symptoms while holding down a job, caring for elderly parents and supporting their own children.

“Labour will ensure that these women are heard and supported through what can be a challenging time in their lives.”

NHS England has offered female staff experiencing the menopause the ability to work flexibly if needed.

Amanda Pritchard, NHS England’s chief executive, called on other employers to follow suit to help “break the stigma”.

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    Working from home is the most common way of working remotely. An employee might work from home all the time, or as part of a hybrid working arrangement. For example, Rajinder spends 2 days a week working in the office. They spend the other 3 days working from home or a local coworking space. Requests for home and hybrid working

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