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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 -

FLSA Implications When Telecommuting Due To Illness

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Q: I received an email from an employee stating that he is sick, but will be working from home. Should I allow my employee to work remotely while sick? What are the FLSA implications of allowing an employee to work from...more

Telecommuting Deemed Reasonable Accommodation for In-House Attorney

As technology changes, courts have increasingly accepted disabled employees’ arguments that they can remotely perform the essential functions of their jobs. Therefore, telecommuting may be recognized as a form of required...more

“A Telecommute Dispute” – What Is A Reasonable Accommodation Under The ADA?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that telecommuting can be a reasonable accommodation under the ADA when the employee is able to perform the essential functions of the position remotely and...more

How to Employ—and Payroll—a Telecommuter Working from Home Overseas

by Littler on

Telecommuting used to be rare because it used to be almost impossible. Before today’s sophisticated workplace information technology, logistical challenges made it tough for a “lone wolf” employee to work remotely from home,...more

Sixth Circuit Holds Telecommuting May Be Reasonable Accommodation

by FordHarrison on

On February 21, 2018, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals held an attorney could perform the essential functions of her job while working remotely for a ten-week period. As a result, when the employer refused to permit the...more

“I Need to Work from Home” — Telecommuting May Be Your ADA Reasonable Accommodation Alternative

Does the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) require you to allow telecommuting? If the employee’s job, like most jobs, involves attendance and teamwork as essential functions, the answer is likely no. However, more and...more

The Road To FLSA Litigation Is Often Paved With Good Intentions

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Even as FLSA litigation has surged to historic highs, it is rare to see a nefarious violation of the Act by a manager or supervisor. Far more prevalent, it seems, are stories of managers who, while intending to afford...more

Is Telecommuting A Reasonable Accommodation? It Depends.

Here are 10 questions to help you think it through. The Americans with Disabilities Act requires, in appropriate circumstances, that employers make reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities. A common...more

Employer’s Guide to Navigating Mother Nature’s Fury – Avoiding Liability in the Wake of the Bomb Cyclone 2018

From the buried streets caused by last week’s “Bomb Cyclone,” to our lasting memories and ramifications of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, we are reminded that mother nature’s fury packs a punch nationwide. Beyond employer...more

Employment Alert - December 2017

by Dentons on

The legal framework of teleworking has been modified (Macron Order No. 2017-1387 on the predictability and securing of employment relations). The reform of the legal framework of teleworking, effective since September 24,...more

Employer Responsibilities Mount as California Fires Rage

by Littler on

While parts of Northern California are still reeling from damaging wildfires there two months ago, multiple fires are currently threatening Santa Barbara/Ventura, Los Angeles and Northern San Diego Counties. Fueled by high...more

When Does A Work-at-Home Employee’s Residence Become The Employer’s Place Of Business For Patent Suits?

by Orrick - IP Landscape on

Memorandum Opinion and Order Granting Motion to Dismiss for Improper Venue, BillingNetwork Patent, Inc. v. Modernizing Medicine, Inc., N.D. Ill. (November 6, 2017) (Judge Ruben Castillo) - We previously reported here about...more

Workflex in the 21st Century Act Could Modernize ERISA With Telecommuting, Job-Sharing, and More

On November 2, 2017, U.S. Representative Mimi Walters (R-CA) introduced the Workflex in the 21st Century Act, a bill that would amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). The legislation would allow...more

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

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