REDUCING PAY FOR HOME WORKERS
A client of mine has recently had quite a few members of staff approach them to ask to move to homeworking permanently. Before the pandemic, they were all in the office, but after moving to homeworking during the lockdowns, they realised how much they prefer it. Some have never returned to the office, whilst others have only done so begrudgingly.
My client doesn’t mind either way, as long as they continue to be productive and prepared to work as a team. However, they have mentioned that when setting salaries for staff, they do take into account the fact the area of the office means it can be costly to travel to work, and that local housing is sought after and therefore quite pricey. If my client agrees to let these employees work from home permanently, can they reduce their salaries to reflect the employees reduced costs?
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