Telecommuting

Telecommuting is an employment relationship whereby employees do not commute to a central office location, but instead work remotely using technology to communicate and share information with colleagues and... more +
Telecommuting is an employment relationship whereby employees do not commute to a central office location, but instead work remotely using technology to communicate and share information with colleagues and employers. Telecommuting arrangements often vary depending on the workplace. In some arrangements, employees may never come into a central office. While in others, employees may only telecommute a few days per week or month.  Telecommuting can lead to greater employee satisfaction and productivity; however, some employers may find that working frequently outside the office diminishes team building and brainstorming. In addition, allowing telecommuting may implicate certain workplace legal issues.  less -
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Issues Experienced With Telecommuting Employees In The Financial Industry

Telecommuting has become a popular work option for many financial industry employers. Generally, such a program allows employees to perform some or all of their job duties at a location other than the employer's...more

Employment Newsletter - February 2014: Telecommuting as a Reasonable Accommodation: A Remote Possibility?

In recent years, many employers have shied away from telecommuting programs and arrangements, believing employees cannot perform their jobs as effectively from home or be adequately supervised while working remotely. Disputes...more

Enforcing Non-Competes Against Telecommuters

The number of people working from home, or “telecommuting,” has increased over time, with Census data showing that 17 percent of American employees do their jobs remotely. When someone is working very far from the office,...more

New Rules Allow Members of Oregon Nonprofit Corporations to Participate in Meetings Remotely

As of Jan. 1, 2014, members of Oregon nonprofit corporations may participate in membership meetings by remote communication, provided certain safeguards are in place. Directors of Oregon nonprofit corporations have long been...more

Week in Review - November 27, 2013

Social media and technology seem to be doing more harm than good in the workplace this week. A new study suggests that some employers may be using Facebook profiles to discriminate against job applicants based on legally...more

FMLA: Telecommuters, Offsite Employees And The Modern Workplace

As organizations across the United States continually redesign the concept of "the office," employers are required to adhere to employment laws that are not well-equipped to deal with the modern workplace. The Family Medical...more

Global HR Hot Topic—November 2013: Cross-Border Telecommuting Checklist

Belgium's Roger Blanpain, perhaps the world's preeminent professor of international employment law, once said that "we live in an information society, driven by knowledge in action....[Services] can be provided via the...more

Employment Update: What You Need To Know About Telecommuting and Unpaid Interns

In this Issue: - I. Telecommuting: What You Need to Know If Your Employees Work From Home - II. Tips for Making It Work When Your Employees Work From Home - III. Unpaid Internships: What You Need to Know If...more

Wage & Hour Words of Wisdom: Beware of “Connectivity” Overtime for Non-Exempt Employees

The explosion of smartphones and ease of remote connectivity has fundamentally changed the landscape of the workplace, but is it all positive for employers? Not so fast—despite productivity enhancements, beware of the...more

Technology In The Workplace

I have trouble programming my television and need my teenage daughter to lend a hand. I also know that I am not alone in this world of rapidly changing technology. It is of little wonder then, that even the best HR...more

Working Remotely: Legal Implications for Employers

Shifting Paradigm - Recently, there has been an increase in popularity of alternative work schedules, working from home, telecommuting and flexible work hours. The shift centers around employees seeking to work where...more

When Employees Work From Home, They Bring Your Company’s Employment Law Obligations Along With Them

Several months ago Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer announced that the company would discontinue its telecommuting program. This announcement unleashed a firestorm of debate over the merits and disadvantages of allowing employees to...more

Employee Leaves of Absence and Other Accommodations Under the Law: What Every Nonprofit Needs to Know

In this presentation: - Overview of ADA & FMLA - Policy & Practical Pointers - Example Requests for Leave or Other Accommodations –Discussion of Select Issues Related to Such Requests -...more

Yahoo's Sweetened Parental Leave Policy Raises Practical FMLA Certification Issues For Moms And Dads In The Workplace

It seems that what Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer taketh, she giveth back. Or something like that. As you will recall, Mayer made waves several months back when she banned all Yahoo employees from working from home, a rather...more

Let’s Get Physical: Five Legal Issues With Telecommuting

In a little over a month, two large companies have made headlines for either eliminating or greatly reducing the availability of their telecommuting programs. Both companies claim to be motivated by a desire to “reinvigorate”...more

How Flexible Are You? Stretching the Boundaries with a Remote Workforce

Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer's recent decision to ban telecommuting has highlighted the issue of how employers of all sizes respond to technological changes that are redefining the workplace. ...more

5 Risks of Telecommuting (And How Employers Should Handle Them) [Video]

No matter what your view on CEO Marissa Mayer's recent decision to revoke work-at-home privileges for Yahoo! employees, telecommuting is a reality for the contemporary workforce. But it is not without legal risks. And you...more

Employment Law Commentary -- Volume 25, No. 2 -- February 2013: Is Working from Home a Reasonable Accommodation? “Rarely.”

Modern technology is challenging our conception of the traditional workplace, especially in the service and information sectors. Remote network connections, online videoconferencing, portable Web-enabled devices, and other...more

Labor Letter, February 2013: Should Your Employees Telecommute?

Technology advances and innovations bring advantages and efficiencies. But, sooner or later, most changes bring potential disadvantages as well. In the end, we can’t resist technological change: the trick is to leverage the...more

D.O.E. Technologies and doeLegal Will Pay $130,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Hard-of-Hearing Employee Fired for Requesting Accommodations, Federal Agency Charged - WILMINGTON, Del. - D.O.E. Technologies, Inc. and a related company, doeLegal, LLC will pay $130,000 and furnish other relief to...more

Tips For Telecommuting After Telebright

In a case appealed from the tax court, the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division, recently affirmed that an out-of-state employer was subject to the New Jersey corporation business tax because it allowed one of its...more

Applying Wage and Hour Laws to the 21st Century Series: Telecommuting Risks and Rewards

Telecommuting has become a popular work option for several employers in the recent past. Reasons that employers and employees may consider telecommuting as an option include: increase in flexibility of hours worked, more...more

USPTO Examiner Interviews Make the News

Although I am used to seeing patent litigation stories in The Washington Post, I was surprised when Sunday’s business section included an article on examiner interviews. Over the past few years, examiner interviews have...more

For Corporations, a "Virtual Office" in New Jersey Can Lead to an Actual Tax

For out-of-state corporations that do business in New Jersey through the use of “virtual offices,” the recent decision by the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey in Telebright Corporation, Inc. v. Director,...more

CPAs and Taxpayers Beware: Employee Telecommuting Is Doing Business In New Jersey For Purposes of Taxation

The New Jersey Tax Court has held that a foreign corporation that consistently permits an employee to telecommute from her New Jersey residence is doing business in New Jersey and is subject to the New Jersey Corporation...more

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