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Telecommuting Wage and Hour

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 -

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blizzards, Hurricanes, and That Dreaded TORCON Index

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

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

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

by Littler on

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)

by JD Supra Perspectives on

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

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

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