Homeworkers employed on informal basis ‘can miss out on rights’

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Workers who operate from home can miss out on certain rights when they are employed on an informal basis, an expert has said.

Commenting on the issue, Nesta Holden, campaigns and policy worker for the National Group on Homeworking (NGH), stated that the fact that some organisations opt to engage homeworkers more informally can lead to staff not benefitting from certain rights.

She said: "If you are an employee, it shouldn’t matter whether you are at home or at work, you should still be covered by the same laws."

Ms Holden went on to say that the NGH recommends that businesses that employ home-based members of staff should provide them with the same rights as anybody who is working on site doing the same kind of job.

A non-governmental organisation, the NGH works at a national, regional and local level to address the concerns of homeworkers.

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