The National World article on possible Government plans for people to work from home after the pandemic looked at what this may mean for both employees and staff.

Harriet Broughton, Partner and employment lawyer at Stone King, explained the current legislation and how this works in practice.

She said:

“It is difficult to see how future legislation would influence decision making now, or assist employers and employees who are currently seeking to reach agreement on working arrangements.

“Employees with over 26 weeks service already have the right to make flexible working requests, which include asking to work at home.

“While there are eight legitimate reasons for an employer to reject this, given the amount of working from home since March 2020, there may be challenges for employers from employees whose home working requests have not been accepted.

"As we transition out of lockdown employers need to make decisions about homeworking now, and also about what working arrangements should be adopted moving forward.”

National World is a national publication operating across the UK, its article can be read in full here.