Homeworking - what employers must do legally, logistically and financially

September is a key time for employees returning to the workplace from lockdown, furlough and the effects of COVID-19.

Or is it?

Has the last six months created more opportunities to work from home and is this the new norm for many? In this week’s Ask the Expert we focused on homeworking and the implications on directors and teams. As well as Quest's MD and HR Director, Sarah Birkenshaw, answering questions on fair and safe homeworking, we spoke to experts Paul Coates, Director at McCarron Coates, Ryan Fraser Director at Redefined Group and Michael Harle, Director at Northern Accountants. We looked at insurance liability, equipment responsibilities, finance implications and tax relief for employers and employees, including:

  • Applications, policies and processes for those requesting flexible or permanent homeworking
  • Health, safety and insurance implications for those working outside of the workplace
  • Confidentiality, security and data protection management (and what to do when things go wrong)
  • Responsibility around equipment, furniture and the environment – who foots the bill?
  • Expenses, tax incentives and financial planning as restructuring the business continues

Grab a coffee and enjoy Quest’s Ask the Expert, designed to help you Fast Forward with stronger, safer teams.

Click on the link to watch the video:

Homeworkers - what employers must do legally, logistically and financially 

Our Experts 

Thank you to Paul, Ryan and Michael who took time out to help answer a number of questions around homeworking. For more details from our brilliant ATE team, you can contact each one direct on:

Paul Coates, McCarron Coates - 0113 298 3489

Ryan Fraser, Redefined Group - 0333 323 1949. 

Michael Harle, Northern Accountants - 0113 218 9552

Need an Expert?

If you have topics you would like us to cover, let us know and we’ll add to our list of Ask the Expert sessions for October and November. All part of our Fast Forward Action Plans for Quest clients.

Get in touch with our HR and H&S team on 0844 879 7286. 

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Dragonfly Grounds Care Ltd

You are all doing a fantastic job guys and I just want to let you all know we would be in a real panic had it not been for the support and advice you have given us so far. I really don't know if we would have been in business at the end of this. But with your exceptional effort I feel much more confident that we can ride this storm and come out the other end. The decision we made as a business to procure your services has paid massive dividends.

Thank you from all at Dragonfly.

Dragonfly Grounds Care Ltd

Northern Accountants

Sarah and the team at Quest have provided us HR support since January 2013.

Quest Consulting Services provided us with a comprehensive employment structure with contacts and a handbook and have been on hand to help me deal with the occasional issue I have faced with team members through their telephone support service.

As our personal Consultant, Sarah provides a quality, professional and complete service which is great value for money.

Northern Accountants

Off Limits Corporate Events

Sarah has transformed our HR and has introduced systems that have taken lots of hassle away from staffing issues within our company.

We have worked with Sarah and her team for 5 years and in this time our business has grown considerably. With telephone support available for all our Managers as they need it plus Sarah and her team proactively keeping us updated on changes in legislation we are reassured that we are in safe hands.

The HR software that Quest implemented also helps us keep on top of the routine aspects of HR such as holiday bookings, recording absence, holding personnel records which then allows Sarah and her team easy access to give us relevant advice.

Our Managers have also benefited from workshops run by Sarah to help develop their skills on handling issues such as disciplinary, appraisals, recruitment etc….

The support of Quest is invaluable and provides a much more cost effective solution than employing a HR Manager in house.

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