Business owners across Canada, including Alberta, have to make multiple employment policy adjustments when some employees work from home. Employers must pay special attention to ensure fairness and consistency for both workers at home and those on-site. If these concerns do not receive the necessary consideration, it might give rise to liability issues.
Employee health and safety
An example to justify the need for special attention is the employer’s legal obligation to provide safe work environments that will not threaten employees’ safety and health. While such considerations are typically in place at the physical worksite, a remote workplace may not meet those standards. The employer’s responsibility for remote workers’ safety will depend on whether an employees’ home office is included in the “workplace” definition.
Recommendations and guidelines
Because health and safety regulations vary in various jurisdictions, employers may play it safe and follow recommendations and guidelines of reasonable precautions as developed by public health bodies across the country.
Company equipment and data security concerns
Following such guidelines would also be recommended for businesses with employees in different provinces. Another concern for business owners may involve the security of company data and equipment. Employees must have a complete understanding of policies to secure data. Furthermore, security policy enforcement should apply equally to all employees on-site and at remote locations.
Employers may have a tough time keeping an eye on remote workers regarding harassment between workers who work from home. All employees have the right to rely on employers to protect them from discrimination and harassment and not be forgotten because they work from home.
Each Alberta business is unique, and there is no one-size-fits-all plan to ensure the company’s continued success in these times of remote workers. Employee safety typically plays a significant role in the success of a business, and seeking professional advice can help avoid liability issues.