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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 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

Telecommuting: Is It Reasonable?

Last week’s blog post explored the interactive process between employers and employees when considering a job accommodation for an employee with a disability. But what happens if during the interactive process, an employee...more

Occasional remote work

by DLA Piper on

New rules introducing occasional remote work allow employees to work from home or any other place in order to deal with occasional situations and to improve their work-life balance. ...more

Seventh Circuit Affirms FMLA Retaliation Claim Based on Employer Ending Home Working Arrangement

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) does not require employers to agree to allow employees to work from home based on medical restrictions. The Americans with Disabilities Act may require employers to provide such...more

Inclement Weather FAQs: Who Gets Pay for a Snow Day?

by Littler on

As winter progresses, employers may find themselves monitoring the weather and wondering how to handle numerous operational headaches. Should a worksite close? If so: when, and for how long? Who can work from home, and who...more

Working At Home May Be A Reasonable Accommodation

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Working at home may constitute a reasonable accommodation according to a recent decision in Rezvan v Phillips Electronics North America Corp., Case No. 15-cv-04767-HSG (N.D. Calif.) In Rezvan, a former employee with...more

Telework Under The ADA & Other Nondiscrimination Laws

by Littler on

A workforce that adheres to a traditional work style, or a consistent eight-hour workday in the same location – with no offsite work or interaction with business colleagues or customers – is increasingly becoming a relic in...more

Heresy! Is “flexibility at work” overrated?

Or is it loved as much as ever, as long as it doesn’t cost employees money? Interesting questions are raised by a study conducted and recently published by Alexandre Mas, a Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at at...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: September 2016 #2

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, as we learned that the CIA has invested in another Big Data analytics startup, new headlines and commentary addressed the dangers of hidden bias in technology. LinkedIn changed its search algorithm after the...more

Why Should Employers Take Pregnancy Discrimination and Accommodation Seriously? Here Are More Than 500,000 Reasons Why.

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Doris worked for the Chipotle restaurant chain. And she was pregnant. After she announced her pregnancy to her supervisor, Doris claimed her boss began monitoring her bathroom breaks (then berated her for taking too long),...more

Tackling the gender pay gap

by Dentons on

A report published this week indicates that the gender pay gap increases dramatically on a woman’s return to work following maternity leave. Whilst this may not be entirely surprising, the statistics are depressing. The...more

Health Care E-Note - August 2016

by Burr & Forman on

The Alabama Natural Death Act contains the provisions on how an individual may plan for end-of-life decisions. Specifically, it outlines the requirements for a valid Advanced Directive and the removal and withdrawal of life...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: August 2016 #4

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, a federal judge dismissed a transgender discrimination lawsuit brought by the EEOC, citing the company owner’s religious beliefs and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The case involved the termination of a...more

The future of work: avoiding the nuclear reactor bird

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

There are lessons to be learnt about the future of work in one of my favourite episodes of The Simpsons titled ‘King-size Homer’, from the seventh season which aired over 20 years ago. As you may recall, Mr Burns tries...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: August 2016

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Contrary to the EEOC’s position that sexual orientation discrimination is protected by Title VII’s prohibition on gender discrimination, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals held last week that existing law does not support...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: July 2016 #5

by Zelle LLP on

Pokemon Go has taken the world by storm. Last week, several blogs discussed what employers can do to limit the effect of the game on the workplace. HR Morning advised looking at information technology and social media...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: June 2016 #4

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, a television reporter filed a lawsuit against her former employer alleging that she was discriminated against because she is white. The reporter was terminated following a post on her employer’s Facebook post that...more

Establishing Personal Jurisdiction Over Remote Employees

by Fisher Phillips on

According to a recent Gallup poll, thirty-seven percent (37%) of U.S. workers report that they telecommute or otherwise work remotely. Indeed, due to advances in technology, many employees never report to an office of their...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: February 2016 #2

by Zelle LLP on

We’ve written a lot about employee health data and the inherent risks of requesting and maintaining this sensitive information. Last week, Forbes published a post arguing that employee health data could be the next business...more

German real estate: Risks and opportunities in a shifting landscape

by White & Case LLP on

How does the prevalence of home offices influence the development of new office space? What does Internet use mean to real estate investors? Which sectors will see the highest demand for investment?...more

Telecommuting — Employees Enter the Sharing Economy? (Part 2)

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Last week we began delving into some of the many issues that the rise of telecommuting has caused employers to confront, ranging from jurisdictional questions to how to determine when remote employees are actually working and...more

Telecommuting - Employees Enter the Sharing Economy? (Part 1)

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As onrushing technological changes continue to disrupt our society, the concepts of how we work and, more particularly, where we work, are not immune from that disruption. Forbes Magazine reports that 11 percent (8,000...more

That is SO last week - October 2015 #2

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, Fortune introduced us to a new HR tech product called Perception. According to Fortune, Perception creator Kanjoya claims that the program can interpret the “intent and emotions” behind written text and filter out...more

City of Tacoma Issues Rules Interpreting Paid Leave Ordinance

by Littler on

On August 5, 2015, the City of Tacoma, Washington published its final Paid Leave Rules (“Rules”) implementing Tacoma’s Paid Leave Ordinance (“Ordinance”). The Ordinance requires nearly all private sector employers to provide...more

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