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Remote and Flexible Work Options

Learn about remote work policies and flexible work arrangements in Guernsey

Remote work

In Guernsey, while there's no legal right to remote work, The Employment (Guernsey) Law, 2012, allows employees to request flexible working arrangements, including remote work. Employers are required to consider such requests "fairly and reasonably". The States of Guernsey published guidance on homeworking during the pandemic, emphasizing a collaborative approach between employers and employees. This guidance, though not legally binding, provides a valuable framework for establishing remote work arrangements.

  • Right to Disconnect: Guernsey recently introduced a statutory "right to disconnect," allowing employees to disconnect from work outside of working hours.
  • Employment Law: Existing Guernsey employment laws, such as health and safety regulations, still apply to remote workers. Employers have a duty to assess and mitigate health and safety risks associated with a home working environment.

Technological Infrastructure Requirements

A robust technological infrastructure is crucial for successful remote work. Here's what employers and employees should consider:

  • Secure Connectivity: Employers should provide or recommend secure internet connections to safeguard business data and communications.
  • Remote Access Tools: Secure remote access tools allow employees to access necessary work applications and systems from their home offices.
  • Communication Platforms: Reliable video conferencing and collaboration tools are essential for maintaining communication and teamwork in a remote setting.
  • Equipment: Employers may need to provide or contribute towards suitable equipment for remote work, such as laptops or ergonomic chairs.

Employer Responsibilities

Employers have a responsibility to ensure the well-being and productivity of their remote workforce. Here are some key areas of focus:

  • Policy Development: Creating a clear and comprehensive remote work policy outlining expectations, guidelines, and procedures is crucial.
  • Training and Support: Employers should provide training on remote work best practices, and available support resources.
  • Communication and Collaboration: Maintain regular communication channels, schedule virtual meetings, and utilize collaboration tools to foster teamwork and engagement.
  • Performance Management: Establish clear performance metrics and conduct regular performance reviews to ensure remote workers remain productive.
  • Wellbeing: Employers should acknowledge the potential challenges of remote work, such as social isolation, and offer resources to support employee well-being.

Flexible work arrangements

Flexible work arrangements come in various forms. One of them is part-time work, where employees work a reduced number of hours compared to a full-time position. Another is flexitime, which allows employees to adjust their start and finish times within set parameters, offering greater control over work schedules. Job sharing is also an option, where two or more employees share the responsibilities of one full-time position, splitting hours, duties, and salary.

Equipment and Expense Reimbursements

In Guernsey, there's no specific legislation mandating equipment or expense reimbursements for flexible work arrangements. However, employers have a duty of care towards their employees, which extends to a home working environment. Employers may choose to provide essential equipment like laptops, monitors, or ergonomic chairs for flexible work arrangements. Alternatively, they can offer an allowance to contribute towards the purchase of necessary equipment. Employers may also reimburse employees for reasonable expenses incurred due to flexible working, such as internet connectivity costs or stationery.

There are several legal considerations to keep in mind. For instance, the Employment Law (2012) requires employers to conduct risk assessments for home working environments to ensure employee health and safety. Employers may need to contribute towards ergonomic furniture or other measures to mitigate risks. Additionally, employees should be aware of potential tax implications for claiming home office expenses. It's recommended to consult with a tax advisor for clarification.

Data protection and privacy

Guernsey adheres to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), an EU regulation that governs data protection and privacy within the European Economic Area (EEA). Following the UK's withdrawal from the EU, Guernsey maintains its own GDPR equivalent, the Data Protection (Guernsey) Law, 2017. Under this legislation, employers acting as data controllers have several key obligations:

  • Lawfulness, fairness and transparency: Data processing activities must have a lawful basis, be conducted fairly, and be transparent to employees.
  • Data minimization: Employers should only collect and process the personal data of remote employees that is necessary for legitimate business purposes.
  • Security of processing: Employers must implement appropriate technical and organizational measures to safeguard personal data from unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, or destruction.
  • Data subject rights: Employees have various rights under GDPR, including the right to access their personal data, rectification of inaccurate information, erasure (the right to be forgotten) under certain circumstances, and restriction of processing.

Employee Rights

GDPR empowers remote employees with a range of data protection rights:

  • Access to personal data: Employees have the right to request a copy of their personal data held by their employer.
  • Rectification: Employees can request the correction of any inaccurate or incomplete personal information.
  • Erasure: In specific situations, employees have the right to request the deletion of their personal data.
  • Restriction of processing: Employees can request limitations on how their personal data is processed.
  • Right to object: Employees have the right to object to the processing of their personal data for marketing purposes or on grounds relating to their particular situation.

Best Practices for Securing Data

Employers and employees share a responsibility for securing personal and company data. Here are some best practices to consider:


  • Data security policies: Implement clear and comprehensive data security policies that outline acceptable data handling practices for remote employees.
  • Remote access protocols: Establish secure remote access protocols, such as Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) for accessing company systems.
  • Data encryption: Encrypt sensitive data at rest and in transit to minimize the risk of unauthorized access.
  • Employee training: Provide regular training to remote employees on data protection best practices, including phishing awareness and password hygiene.


  • Secure home network: Use a strong password-protected Wi-Fi network for work purposes.
  • Device security: Install and maintain up-to-date antivirus and anti-malware software on personal devices used for work.
  • Data awareness: Be mindful of the type of data being handled and avoid storing sensitive information on personal devices unless absolutely necessary.
  • Report breaches: Report any suspected data breaches to the employer promptly.
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