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Remote work at Lund University

Remote work refers to work regularly carried out at home, or at another agreed location outside the main workplace, with atisfactory insurance cover, one or more days per week, within Sweden’s borders. Remote work requires a written agreement.

Lund University is a campus university, which means that education and research are mainly conducted on campus.

Remote work can contribute to efficiency based on the needs of the organisation and employees.

It is a possibility for employees that may be applied if it benefits the organisation, when the nature of the duties and the needs of the organisation allow it. Remote working is neither a right nor an obligation.

For whom?

The Lund University guidelines för remote work se guidelines apply to employees at Lund University with the exception of those employees included in the current working hours agreement for teaching staff or the local manager agreement. 

Written agreement with the immediate manager

Remote work requires a written agreement with the immediate manager. The agreement can be terminated by both parties with a period of notice of one month. If the agreement is not complied with, it can be terminated with immediate effect.

You are always welcome to your main workplace

Even if you have a written agreement with your manager regarding remote work, you are always welcome at your main workplace at the University on those days you had planned to work remotely.


The employee is to be present at the main workplace to the extent required by the organisation and duties. Remote work is to be conducted based on the needs of the organisation. The main rule is that remote work is to account for no more than 40% of working hours.

If there is a need for a greater scope, this is handled according to a specific delegation procedure.

Definitions of workplace

Main workplace

Main workplace refers to the physical workplace at a Lund University building.

Remote work

Remote work refers to work regularly carried out at home, or at another agreed location outside the main workplace, with satisfactory insurance cover, one or more days per week, within Sweden’s borders.

Remote work requires a written agreement. 

Temporary workplace

Work at a temporary workplace refers to the possibility for employees at Lund University to temporarily work at a location other than the main workplace, if the nature of the duties and the needs of the organisation allow it. Temporary workplace is taken to mean the home, or other agreed location, with satisfactory insurance cover. Oral consent from the line manager is a precondition for a temporary workplace.

Temporary work at another location (temporary workplace) and business trips are not covered by the Lund University guidelines for remote work.


The employer and the employee are to jointly define the duties that are appropriate for remote work and reach an agreement about how the work is to be reported and followed up. The employer ultimately decides which duties can be carried out remotely, based on the organisation’s needs. Duties that entail specific risks are not to be carried out remotely. 

Working hours and accessibility

Working hours are regulated according to the current flexitime agreement.

Regarding remote work, regardless of where the duties are carried out, the employee is to be accessible during working hours by answering the phone, communicating via email, participating in digital meetings and by otherwise contributing to the facilitation of contacts between colleagues and stakeholders. 

Equipment and costs

The employer is responsible for technical support and insurance relating to work equipment as well as for damage or loss of equipment and other property belonging to the employer.

The employer pays for customary costs regarding a business telephone, but not associated costs such as electricity, broadband or wear and tear. 

Work environment

The manager is responsible for the work environment relating to the remote workplace according to current work environment legislation and work environment regulations. I

In order for the employer to fulfil the responsibilities, the employee must share information about the work situation and participate in its management. The employee is responsible for ensuring the remote workplace is functional, in both physical and psychosocial terms. 

If a special reason has arisen, the manager and health and safety organisation are to be granted access to the remote workplace in order to check the design of the workplace in more detail. 


The manager and the employee are jointly responsible for ensuring adequate insurance cover is in place for remote work. The employer is responsible for ensuring the employee is insured against occupational injury. The employer’s responsibility for insuring equipment is covered. he employee is responsible for ensuring adequate home insurance is in place. 

Security and confidentiality

In remote work, only the tools and communication channels provided by the employer (lap top computer and mobile phone) are to be used .

A VPN connection is always to be used. The computer is to be protected and it must be ensured that sensitive information is not accessible to outsiders. The University’s rules and recommendations also apply to remote work. 


Contact your line manager if you have any questions concerning remote work.