Gas pains: Implemented properly, telecommuting can be win-Win

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Telecommuting could help employees cut commuting costs during this period of high gas prices. With the right kind of phone and computer equipment, many workers can do their jobs as effectively from home as they can from their usual work sites.

Employers benefit from increased productivity and lower absenteeism, higher retention rates and better employee morale. For employees, telecommuting reduces transportation costs and allows better balance between personal responsibilities with work demands.

Although telecommuting has its advantages, employers need to consider the legal consequences before implementing this alternative work arrangement.

Working overtime at home

First, employers should consider whether telecommuting is a good fit for nonexempt employees. Because nonexempts are usually paid hourly, employers must have an effective method for recording the hours they work.

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, ...(register to read more)

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