HOMEWORKING

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Conference
2016 National Disabled Members' Conference
Date
8 July 2016
Decision

Conference notes the increased drive, in both the public and private sectors, to close workplaces and centralise operations. Frequently this leads to increasingly length, both in time and distance, and difficult commutes to work. This impacts disproportionately negatively on disabled workers.

At the same time, continuing and rapid advances in information and communications technology have created a revolution in the ability of employees to work from home or at other remote locations.

The ability to work from home or at any location more convenient than a distant workplace is of great benefit to many disabled workers. Many more disabled people would gain and maintain employment if they were able to work from home, subject to, their agreement and a proper Health and Safety protection, including a risk assessment of their home working environment where appropriate and reasonable adjustments being made available and provided by the employer

Conference believes that it is essential that the union, and in particular disabled members representatives, make sure that home working is not used by employers to avoid having to make reasonable adjustments

Conference calls on the National Disabled Members Committee to campaign to increase access to, and availability of where appropriate, home and remote working which will have a particular benefit for disabled workers. Provide guidance to branches on home or remote working, which provides information on the protection for workers who do not wish to work from home/remotely.