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Checklist Home Office: What employers have to consider

In view of the corona crisis, many companies, at very short notice, have allowed their employees to work from home. To ensure that the situation remains manageable, at least as far as the working environment is concerned, aspects such as employment law, data protection, and data security must be taken into account. Employers need to take specific precautions to guarantee that the workplaces in the home office are in compliance with statutory provisions.

The following legal aspects will have to be considered:

  • What is the difference between a home office and mobile working?
  • In what instances is it necessary to include the works council?
  • Which work or company agreements are necessary?
  • Which data protection measures need to be taken?
  • What is the status of data and IT security in cases of mobile working?
  • What aspects under tax law need to be considered?
  • Is there sufficient insurance cover when employees are working from the home office?
  • How may electronic signatures be designed?
  • What personal rights need to be observed?

The SKW Schwarz Task Force will support you in all issues relating to the topic of home office and its legally compliant design. We have drawn up checklists, guidelines, and company agreements that will assist you in responding to these questions and in highlighting any gaps that may still exist.

If you want us to support you in finding pragmatic solutions for your home office concept, please contact us at We will get back to you promptly.

Status: April 14, 2020


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