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Can you force employees back to the office? Hina comments on Times Radio

04 September 2023

Our Partner Hina Belitz was excited to be on Times Radio yesterday, with Chloe Tilley and Calum Macdonald, discussing an interesting news story about flexible working and return to the office.

In response to excellent questions from Chloe and Calum about whether it is lawful to *force* employees back to the workplace, Hina explained that whilst 'it depends' is normally the right answer, so is the fact that contract is king, and that this whole matter focuses on the content and context of an employee's employment contract (e.g. whether they have flexible working within that or not). Hina then discussed whether employers are able to dock bonuses if employees refused to come into the office, and enjoyed touching on the nature of 'discretionary' bonuses and how they interact with discrimination law in an area like this.

You can find Hina's piece at 1 hour 29 minutes, 30 seconds in on this link.  We look forward to hearing what you think!

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