Coronavirus guidance on working from home

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What does this involve?

People are advised to work from home wherever that is practicable. By law, employers must take all reasonable steps to minimise the risk of the incidence and spread of coronavirus. Supporting employees to work from home where possible is an important part of that.

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 explains what the law says and what the current situation is in Scotland. It then offers advice on:

  • workforce planning and support
  • health and safety (including risk assessment, workstations, vaccination, shielding and more)
  • communication and engagement
  • expectations
  • employee wellbeing
  • caring responsibilities
  • working hours
  • mental health
  • social isolation and loneliness
  • equipment and IT systems
  • IT skills
  • broadband
  • cyber security
  • pay, expenses and finances

It also provides a checklist for employers and links to additional resources.

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 50 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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