Time will tell whether the current pandemic will result in a significant long-term shift towards remote working, but in the short- and medium-term, employers continue to grapple with issues that arise with employees working from home.
For some employers, particularly those with a “white collar” workforce that can work from just about anywhere so long as they have a phone and a laptop, remote work can raise some potentially significant challenges. For example, employees who are normally based at headquarters in New York or London and have residences in those cities might decide, in the current circumstances, to work for several months from their more permanent homes in Madrid, Melbourne or Moscow. As the pandemic drags on, this is becoming an increasingly common scenario.
This blog post highlights issues that employers should consider when facing such situations.
Many employers now facing these issues might not have previously contemplated a scenario of long-term remote working for such a large number of their employees. Where employees are choosing to move abroad in response to current remote working requirements, employers will need to consider the consequences of such relocations and take appropriate local advice.