Over the past 18 months or so, most charities have had some staff working from home. Arrangements differ from charity to charity, often governed by the nature of the services they deliver, but very few charities have seen no increase at all in homeworking.
As Covid restrictions lift and things begin to return to normal, charities are likely to see an increase in flexible working requests from employees who to want to continue to work from home, at least for some of the time.
Russell-Cooke senior associate Carla Whalen comments in Finance Focus that, while employees can legally file a request for flexible working arrangements, they do not have a legal right to work from home. Charities may have legitimate concerns in asking their staff to return to the office.
Managing flexible working requests is available to read on the Finance Focus website.
Carla is a senior associate in the charities and social businesses team. She assists employers with HR matters and has a strong track record of defending claims in the Employment Tribunal.
Carla also has particular expertise in data protection.