Got off-site workers? Heed these 6 important legal risks

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by Maureen Q. Dwyer, Esq.

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 and reliable technology enables telework. The right employees—matched with the right jobs—make telework effective.

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 (OSHA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), workers’ compensation rules, privacy concerns and tax laws.

1. Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

Currently, exempt employees hold most telecommuting jobs. That eliminates many wage-and-h...(register to read more)

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