The pandemic has normalized work from home arrangements as employees were forced to quickly adapt to remote work in response to the closure of all non-essential businesses. With many workplaces able to operate almost seamlessly outside of a formal office, many workplaces are now considering a future that permits more flexibility in terms of where employees may perform their work.
Employment relationships may come to an end for several reasons. The reasons for the separation, and the type of dismissal that occurs, will impact an employer’s obligations to the terminated employee.
Employers who require employees to attend the workplace may be able to defend their decision based on the lack of equipment and/or infrastructure, as well as the lack of financial inability to invest in remote work for employees.