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Bosses Warned over 'Home Working' Policies

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Bosses Warned over 'Home Working' Policies

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A MASSIVE boom in the number of people working from home has prompted legal experts to warn employers of their responsibilities following recent guidelines issued by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

The guidance has been given heavyweight backing by the CBI, TUC and CEEP, the employers' organisation for local government. Parents with young children are already afforded the right to request teleworking. Already, 7.4 per cent of employees work from home and between spring 1997 and spring 2001, there was a 65 per cent rise.

Alan Lewis, employment law partner at Manchester law firm George Davies Solicitors, predicts rapidly advancing technology and wider use of diversity policies means even more people will ask to work from home.

"More than two million people now work away from the confines of a normal office and employers must ensure that they comply with their obligations towards them, " said Mr Lewis.

" Health and safety legislation needs to be considered. In other words, is the employee's workspace safe? Employers must ensure that all electrical equipment complies with safety regulations and a risk assessment of working conditions is carried out. …

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