• Emma Walsh

Calls for caution over any work from home law

How people divide their working hours between home and office should not be forced into law, say senior financial experts


How people divide their working hours between home and office should not be forced into law, say senior financial experts


Britain has hinted that it may legislate to allow employees to work flexibly by dividing their time between the office and home, despite the government previously pushing back against suggestions that it could become law.


New legislation would build on the experience of millions who have worked from home since the pandemic started in March last year.

Many companies have already said they plan a mix of remote and office working once COVID restrictions are lifted.


Legislation would be inappropriate

This is going to evolve and that’s why legislation would be inappropriate, different sectors of the economy are going to adapt in different ways to address this opportunity. Return to the office should be treated carefully so those working from home did not feel excluded and employers should make their own decisions on the future of working patterns.


Natural equilibrium

Companies have to think hard about what they are asking people to come to the workplace to do and what can be done from home. It may even become something of a competitive advantage if you can get the balance right on some of these things, give people a bit more flexibility to act as grown-ups a legislative approach probably is not the right answer, and the work from home dilemma will likely find its own natural equilibrium.


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