What is the legal status of homeworking?

Employment and health and safety laws in the UK do not differentiate between workers according to whether they work in an office or at home. Your employment status does not depend on where you work but on a whole range of factors. 

In 2002, a European voluntary agreement on teleworking (what we in the UK normally call 'homeworking') was developed, but this is not legally enforceable and has not been implemented in the UK. Instead, it provides a useful 'a good practice guide' for employers and workers. 

If your employer decides to make home working a more permanent arrangement, beyond a short-term response to the 2020 global pandemic, there will be a number of important issues to consider. It would be a good idea to talk with your trade union representative (if you are a member of a union). 

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.

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