This policy will help employees understand their expectations regarding their working environment, use of equipment and communication. It will also assist in the defence of any workplace health and safety or workers compensation claim.
Home offices and work environments can be more hazardous than workplaces. Employees can claim workers compensation if they sustain an injury while working from home. So, you should require employees to complete a working from home self- assessment prior to approving working from home.
Workplace health and safety laws still apply if a worker is working from home.
Setting compulsory check-ins or communication strategies can assist you to monitor productivity. Although you should note that employees are still entitled to reasonable breaks when working from home.
This policy is succinct and based on general legal requirements. You may need to seek legal advice to tailor the policy to your specific industry or business. This policy is based on current legal standards and definitions, which may change over time.