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Is it time for telework? 6 unexpected issues you should consider

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by Maureen Q. Dwyer, Esq.

Telework is taking off. Although the idea of allowing employees to work from home, at clients’ sites or at remote locations isn’t new, it is gaining popularity as gas prices remain high and commuting times to the office increase.

Fast, reliable and available information technology enables telework. The right employees—matched with the right jobs—make telework effec­tive. Telecommuting typically is best suited for employees whose jobs in­­volve little face-to-face interaction. They’re independently able to concentrate and require minimal direct supervision.

But beyond choosing the right posi­tions for telework, employers must address important legal issues before adopting a telecommuting policy. If you are considering allowing telework for some of your employees, be prepared to consider how such a policy will be affected by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Occu­pa­tional Safety and Health Act...(register to read more)

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