Need help? Advice during COVID-19 crisis Employment advice Caring for Dependants - If you can work from home You should speak to your employer and explain that you have childcare or dependent /caring responsibilities. You should explain how you would be able to do your work at home. The government has advised that insofar as it is possible, you should work from home. It may not be possible to do your full hours while you are caring for your children. You should speak to your employer and you may be able to agree a temporary reduction in hours while you work at home. This would be a change to your terms and conditions, so it is important to ensure that you agree any changes in writing and confirm that it is a temporary arrangement due to the current situation.