The implications of furlough abuse
Richard Fox, a Partner in our Employment team, shares his thoughts and personal experiences with The Sunday Times on health & safety, and tax as working from home becomes a more permanent reality for many businesses and employees.
Richard told of his own experiences working from home when he fell on the stairs carrying a drink in one hand and an egg sandwich in the other! The slip, trip and (quite serious) fall caused him to reflect on the possible risks for employers in terms of health & safety for their employees working from home, the assessments that businesses should normally undertake in such circumstances, and the potential liabilities for employers where “home” for their employees might mean being present outside the UK in another jurisdiction.
“Tax is an issue. If employees are beginning to earn abroad, how much tax should be paid? It could have repercussions for employers setting up businesses abroad.”
“Remote working might also be used as a reason to limit pay increases, but he does not expect pay cuts”.
“We might find that after a year or two we start imperceptibly returning to the pre-Covid position [of office working].”
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