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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 -

Telecommuting Policies When Inclement Weather Strikes

As my great-grandfather would always say: “Expect the unexpected so when it reaches you you’re not surprised.” Good advice generally . . . but especially today. . . given the chaos caused by recent major weather events. ...more

Teleworking in Europe and Personal Data Protection

by Bryan Cave on

The development of teleworking in Europe has increased the requirement for the protection of personal data. If those two subjects are complementary, they shall not overshadow the other aspects of working relationships’...more

New Flexible “Télétravail” Rules

by Bryan Cave on

On September 25, 2017, the French government adopted orders to reform French employment law, designed to bring more flexibility to employers, in particular to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to facilitate their...more

FTC’s ‘Stick with Security’ Series Carries On

Continuing with its “Stick with Security” series of blog posts for businesses, the Federal Trade Commission worked its way through several more items found in the “Start with Security” guidance....more

The publication of the Macron ordinances

by White & Case LLP on

The long-awaited reform of French employment law is now on track. The French government (the "Government") presented five draft ordinances outlining the different topics and related modifications that should be formally...more

Blizzards, Hurricanes, and That Dreaded TORCON Index (Update)

Many “it was the worst day of my life” stories begin with a weather event. I will never forget sitting with a client in an early April morning mediation several years ago when she received a call on her cell phone. She was...more

Hurricane Irma: 10 Challenges for Employers

by Littler on

Hurricane Irma shows no sign of relenting as it barrels toward Florida and the Southeast Coast of the United States. As noted in a prior Littler article about Irma, safety and security are the top priorities at this point....more

Employer Considerations in the Wake of Devastation

by Jackson Walker on

As businesses resume operations and start the recovery from Hurricane Harvey, they are likely to face a variety of employment related challenges. These are a few of the issues that employers should be prepared to address....more

Federal Court Again Says Telecommuting Not Acceptable Substitute for Being at Work

Employers continue to face disability discrimination claims from employees who argue that their medical conditions give them a right to work from home as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act...more

Picking Up the Pieces: Employer Responsibilities in the Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

by Littler on

Hurricane Harvey is relentlessly drenching southeast Texas and the surrounding areas, resulting in unprecedented flooding and damage. As the storm rages, many employers are wondering how to respond and what happens next....more

Practical Advice for Weathering Pay and Leave Issues Following Hurricane Harvey

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: As employers begin to pick up the pieces following Hurricane Harvey, management will likely encounter questions about employee pay, benefits, and leaves of absence during and after this disaster, and may...more

HR issues that arise when natural disasters hit

by FordHarrison on

Natural disasters, like Hurricane Harvey, raise a host of issues for employers, regardless of whether these employers have a direct presence in the affected areas or whether they have employees residing in or telecommuting...more

Watch Out: Workplace Smells, ADA Disability, Telecommuting, and an EEOC Lawsuit

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: According to the EEOC in this just filed lawsuit, a home care services provider in North Carolina violated federal disability rights law when it rejected telecommuting requests from an employee whose asthma...more

Workplace Odors Can Provide Basis for Telecommuting Arrangement

As technology makes it more possible for employees to work from remote locations, employers are increasingly faced with requests from employees to work from home. When these requests are based on medical reasons, the employer...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Activist investor Nelson Peltz is officially taking on his biggest target yet—consumer-products giant Procter & Gamble. The announcement begins the public stage of a fight we’ve been waiting for since Peltz’s Trian Fund Mgmt...more

That Stinks! EEOC Sues On Behalf Of Employee Denied Relief From Workplace Smells

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

On July 12, 2017, the EEOC filed suit in the Middle District of North Carolina alleging that an employer violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by refusing a request to telecommute from an employee with a...more

Brazil to Enact Expansive Labor Law Reforms

by Littler on

On July 11, 2017, the Brazilian Senate approved the Labor Reform Bill, which is now before the president for signing. The Labor Reform Bill is one of the current administration's main projects to reignite the economy and make...more

Telecommuting May Not Be A Reasonable Accommodation

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Fifth Circuit recently upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit against an employer who denied an employee’s request to telecommute on the grounds that regular attendance at work is an essential function of her job as a...more

Fifth Circuit Holds Reporting to Work Regularly is Essential Function of Attorney’s Job Under the ADA

In a decision that will provide some solace to employers asked to permit remote work as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently...more

Fifth Circuit Says Regular Attendance at Work is an Essential Function of Most Jobs

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In a recent win for employers, the Fifth Circuit clarified that opened-ended or unlimited requests to work from home are unreasonable under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and may be rejected...more

Court of Appeals Affirms Woody Allen - When it Comes to Work, Showing Up Is Essential

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The movie director and comedian Woody Allen is credited with the observation that “Showing up is 80% of life.” A federal court of appeals in New Orleans has gone one step further and ruled that showing up for work is a 100%...more

State Income Taxation of Mobile Workers

by Epstein Becker & Green on

With the rise of teleworking and business travel across state lines, it is important for employers to renew their focus on state and local income and payroll tax compliance obligations. The laws vary from state to state....more

Sorting out the Truth About the Right to Disconnect in France

by Littler on

Introduced on August 8, 2016 and effective since January 1, 2017, the “El Khomri law” (named after the French Labor Minister) or “loi travail” granted employees in France the "right to disconnect" from digital devices....more

Telecommuting Healthcare Employees Get Employers in HIPAA Compliance Hot Water

by Dickinson Wright on

As the healthcare industry has expanded to providing home healthcare services, more service providers are allowing their employees to work remotely, i.e., telecommuting. The flexibility for healthcare workers to work from...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: March 2017 #4

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, HR Dive highlighted the benefits and drawbacks of the use of electronic tracking to assess how employees engage with one another. Use of tracking technology to assess employee interaction has joined employee...more

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