On The Road: Legal Considerations Of Telecommuting

Law360, New York (July 5, 2012, 12:27 PM EDT) -- Given the ease with which telework/telecommuting (employees working remotely) is possible and the myriad reasons why employees desire to telecommute, it is not surprising that telecommuting is becoming more common.

Obviously, telecommuting is not appropriate for all positions, or even for all employees within the same position. Beyond deciding when telecommuting will and will not be effective, there are a number of important issues an employer must consider before agreeing to allow an employee to work off-site.

1. Fair Labor Standards Act

Because of the difficulty in tracking time worked off-site by an employee, the initial consideration for an employer is...

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