Tips for working from home and home-schooling

Tips for working from home and home-schooling

18th February 2021 Brigantia, Brigantia Enhance

1. Consider Flexible Working Requests
All employees who have worked for you for at least 26 weeks can request flexible working, such as reduced hours, changes to their start time, or working from home. While you do not have to permit requests, you do have to give sound business reasons for refusal.

Advice Line FAQs:

  • How many flexible working requests can my employee make?
  • Am I allowed to offer this on a trial period?
  • When is the change made permanent?

2. Prepare for Parental Leave
If they have worked for you for at least one year, working parents can request unpaid parental leave for the purpose of caring for children.

Advice Line FAQs:

  • What do I do if an employees’ leave would cause too much disruption to my business?
  • How much notice does my employee have to give?
  • How much leave can employees take per child?

3. Think about Furlough
You can place working parents on furlough, provided your company is eligible to use the Job Retention Scheme. The scheme has been extended twice so far, and is currently due to end April 2021.

Advice Line FAQs:

  • How do I approach the ‘furlough’ conversation with my employee?
  • Do I have to furlough staff if they request it?
  • Can an employee carry on with any work if they’re on furlough?

Free advice with your membership, call Croner 0844 561 8133.
Please quote the Brigantia Enhance Association Number 47571 when calling.

About the author

Henry Chaw: