As many of the world’s workplaces were pushed to make a move to homeworking, many organisations are now enjoying the benefits of reduced overheads and advanced technologies. For some, this has resulted in a desire to make the temporary homeworking arrangements permanent. What are you required to do in order to make this change permanent? Even if mobility clauses exist, you will have a duty to consult with staff regarding the proposed permanent change. In addition, unless, employees agree to the change, notice will need to be given. Although during furlough a risk assessment of the home environments suitability for homeworking is not necessary, this is a consideration should the arrangement become permanent.
If you are considering this change, please speak to your advisor for specific advice in relation to the process of consultation.