Editor's message: Homeworking, which allows employees to carry out some or all of their duties from home, has become increasingly popular due to the ability to work remotely and the trend towards work-life balance. Requests to work from home are often made through a flexible working request, which must be considered in a reasonable manner. Employers are not always obliged to agree to a request if there is a legitimate reason why it is not possible, for example due to the inability to reorganise work among existing staff.
In contrast, teleworking is work that is carried out at a location away from the workplace, often from a different country from the one in which the employer is situated, and is used as a good way of retaining key or senior staff. Typically, employers will put an agreement in place that requires the employee to attend the workplace on reasonable notice.
Susan Dennehy, employment law editor
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