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 ((register to read more)), the Occupational Safety and Health Act...