Coronavirus guidance on working from home

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What does this involve?

Each area of Scotland has been assigned to a Covid protection level. Find out what you can and cannot do based on the local area that you live, work or travel in.

By law, all employees who can work from home must do so. Only those who cannot do their job from home should be asked to go to the workplace. This applies to all businesses in "stay at home" (Level 4 - lockdown) areas.

This Scottish Government guidance is to support employers and the self-employed in working from home. It complements the suite of Covid-19 related guidance on safer workplaces.

This guidance can be applied across any sector where working from home is a feasible option for both workers and businesses.

Organisations should make every reasonable effort to make working from home the default position. Where a worker can perform their work from home, they should continue to do so. Currently, and prior to Covid-19, all employees with 26 weeks service have the legal right to request flexible working, which can include homeworking.

The guidance can also be used as a tool for an ongoing and continued shift in employer policies towards incorporating higher levels of working from home in a post-Covid landscape. This guidance will be reviewed on a regular basis in line with the regular review of lockdown requirements.

This guidance sets out recommendations across:

  • employee wellbeing
  • health and safety
  • equipment and IT systems
  • communication and engagement
  • expectations
  • pay, expenses and finances

Am I eligible?

Anyone can use this service.

What does this cost?

This is a free service.

Who is this for?

Employers and the self-employed across any sector.

How long does this take?

It will take around 40 minutes to read this guidance. It has been split into sections to make it easier to work through. 

Important information

The guidance is informed by relevant legal and regulatory frameworks, including health and safety and existing employment rights.

It is provided as guidance only and does not amount to legal advice. Employers may wish to seek their own advice to ensure compliance with all legal requirements. 

Next steps

Visit the Scottish Government website for more information and to read the full guidance.

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