LRD Booklets August 2015

Working from home - a negotiator's guide for trade union reps


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Introduction

Introduction [page 3] (483 words)

Four million people are now homeworkers, according to TUC analysis of the latest 2015 government statistics. Developments in modern technology, most ...
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Chapter 1

1. What is homeworking? [ch 1: pages 4-5] (583 words)

Traditionally, the term homeworker has referred to anyone who worked from home primarily making items, which could be anything ranging from footwear ...
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Why is homeworking on the rise? [ch 1: pages 5-6] (288 words)

The pros of homeworking [ch 1: page 6] (224 words)

The cons of homeworking [ch 1: page 7] (346 words)

Chapter 2

2. Who is a homeworker? [ch 2: page 8] (158 words)

Homeworking is not an option open to all. Shop workers, teachers, factory workers are just some examples of jobs where location is not flexible. Many ...
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Jobs suited to homeworking [ch 2: pages 8-9] (227 words)

Acas: Case study of homeworking [ch 2: page 9] (313 words)

Suitability for homeworking [ch 2: page 10] (131 words)

Skills identified as beneficial to homeworking [ch 2: page 10-11] (269 words)

Caring responsibilities [ch 2: page 11] (66 words)

Chapter 3

3. Flexible working: the legal position [ch 3: page 12] (244 words)

Employees who want to make a request to work from home some or all of the time will need to be familiar with the law on flexible working. ...
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The request [ch 3: pages 12-13] (447 words)

The employer’s response [ch 3: pages 13-14] (354 words)

Appealing a decision [ch 3: page 14] (258 words)

The eight business reasons [ch 3: pages 14-16] (491 words)

Multiple requests [ch 3: page 16] (148 words)

Treating a request as withdrawn [ch 3: page 16] (83 words)

Remedies [ch 3: pages 16-17] (239 words)

Existing work-from-home arrangements [ch 3: page 17] (96 words)

Part-time workers [ch 3: page 17] (56 words)

Discrimination [ch 3: pages 17-18] (289 words)

Working from home and the duty to make reasonable adjustments [ch 3: pages 18-21] (1,495 words)

Are contractual changes needed? [ch 3: page 21] (215 words)

Can homeworking be compulsory? [ch 3: pages 21-22] (396 words)

Trial periods [ch 3: pages 22-23] (154 words)

National Minimum Wage issues for home workers [ch 3: page 23] (279 words)

Chapter 4

4. Managing homeworkers [ch 4: page 24] (27 words)

Homeworkers should be treated exactly the same as office-based staff but inevitably their location means a different approach is needed. ...
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Trust [ch 4: pages 24-25] (464 words)

Measuring performance [ch 4: page 25] (106 words)

Communication [ch 4: pages 25-26] (538 words)

When the homeworker comes into the office [ch 4: page 26] (94 words)

Privacy [ch 4: page 27] (117 words)

Career progression [ch 4: page 27] (86 words)

Acas checklist for setting up homeworking [ch 4: pages 27-28] (384 words)

Chapter 5

5. Covering the costs of homeworking [ch 5: page 29] (188 words)

Employers with experience of homeworking estimate that every full-time homeworker saves them £6,000 to £7,000 each year, according to ...
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Equipment [ch 5: pages 29-30] (493 words)

Household bills [ch 5: pages 30-31] (183 words)

Insurance [ch 5: page 31] (104 words)

Mortgage [ch 5: page 31] (51 words)

Travel costs [ch 5: page 31] (230 words)

Business rates [ch 5: page 32] (162 words)

Tax [ch 5: page 32] (104 words)

Capital Gains Tax [ch 5: page 32] (79 words)

Chapter 6

6. Health and safety [ch 6: page 33] (363 words)

The employer is responsible for the health and safety of employees who work from home as they are covered by all health and safety legislation, ...
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Risk assessments [ch 6: page 34-35] (655 words)

Equipment [ch 6: pages 35-36] (246 words)

Where can you homework? [ch 6: page 36] (142 words)

New and expectant mothers [ch 6: pages 36-37] (88 words)

Sickness [ch 6: page 37] (91 words)

Isolation [ch 6: pages 37-38] (516 words)

Working time [ch 6: pages 38-40] (667 words)

Employee security [ch 6: page 40] (204 words)

Data protection [ch 6: page 40] (134 words)

Chapter 7

7. What to include in a homeworking policy [ch 7: pages 41-43] (1,213 words)

A homeworking policy should be set up in consultation with trade unions and any other key representatives. A formal agreement should explain what ...
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Union representation [ch 7: pages 44-45] (274 words)

Ending a homeworking arrangement [ch 7: page 45] (275 words)

UNISON’s negotiating checklist for homeworking [ch 7: pages 46-47] (299 words)

Further information

Further information [page 48] (66 words)

Useful links ...
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