Technology has changed the way employees work. It's no longer a nine-to-five world out there, with cloud computing technology enabling workers to access their emails and company files from anywhere in the world.
As such, employees are increasingly demanding more flexible hours and their employer's permission to work from home.
According to a global study by the International Workplace Group, 70 per cent of employees are working at least one day a week somewhere other than the office. More than half (53 per cent) work remotely for half the week or more.
This brings with it a whole set of Workplace Health and Safety risks, due to your duty of care as an employer to ensure employees are working in a safe environment.
In instances like this, it is crucial to have the most suitable Professional Indemnity Insurance, Management Liability Insurance and Workers’ Compensation Insurance to help ensure you are covered in the event of an accident or legal action.
However, if you decide to go the other route and harness the power of the “gig economy” by outsourcing to freelancers and contractors, that introduces a whole set of “grey area” risks on whether they can be deemed an employee of yours.
As such, this could open your business up to a potential lawsuit from the contractor around salaries, superannuation and working conditions down the track.