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Can my employer dismiss me for refusing to change to homeworking?
Whether your refusal to work from home is a lawful reason for terminating the employment relationship will depend on all the circumstances. It is most likely to be fair if, for example:
- your employer has a good business case for asking staff to work from home – for example a genuine wish to save costs by reducing office space;
- your employer has considered all the alternatives and discussed these with you;
- your employer has engaged in a fair procedure by giving you as much warning as possible of the planned changes, consulting with you and listening and trying to take into account your concerns; and
- your employer has taken steps to address all the practical concerns that go with working from home.
Speak to your trade union if you are concerned.