Telecommuting

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    The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities. It also requires that employers provide reasonable accommodations to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to successfully perform the essential functions of their jobs. While that seems clear-cut, court interpretations of...
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    Oregon is the best state in the nation for working moms, according to a recent analysis by WalletHub, a personal finance social network. WalletHub ranked all 50 states and Washington, D.C., based on child care, professional opportunities, and work-life balance. Oregon's top score in the work-life balance category, combined with good scores in...
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    Alternative work arrangements are fast becoming a major job incentive in the American workforce. Some studies place flexible work programs as the second-highest contributor (after compensation) to job satisfaction. As technology changes and fewer jobs need to be performed on-site, telecommuting is becoming more than just a once-in-a-while thing...
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    Consider this scenario: During the snowstorm in February, one of your employees fell and sustained serious injuries to both legs. The employee underwent two extensive surgeries, and his doctor says he won't be able to walk for seven months. He has no leave available and asks about working from home. As a matter of policy, you don't allow...
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    The 2008 amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) broadened the definition of "disability" in a number of ways. For example, under the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), a sufficiently severe temporary impairment may constitute a disability. That was illustrated by a recent decision from the 4th Circuit. Background In July 2011, Carl...
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    This month, we discuss two federal court decisions. One addresses an employee's desire to work from home, while the other involves a staffing agency's liability for discrimination by a client. Court dismisses project manager's disability claim Monica Thomas worked for SunTrust Mortgage as its business project manager from July 2008 to July...
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    By looking back on some key legal developments of 2013, you can identify significant employment areas on which you should focus for 2014. Listed below are five hot topics from 2013 that will help you get started with your 2014 HR resolutions. 1. Wage and hour compliance Wage and hour compliance was a significant issue in 2013, from both an...
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    What constitutes compensable "hours worked" by employees? In certain circumstances, California law requires employers to pay for the time it takes employees to boot up a computer, set an alarm, or, in some situations, sleep on the job. Confusion surrounding the Golden State's standard, which requires employers to pay for any time during which...
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    Alternative work arrangements are fast becoming a major job incentive in the American workforce. Some studies place flexible work programs as the second-highest contributor (after compensation) to job satisfaction. As technology changes and fewer jobs need to be performed on-site, telecommuting is becoming more than just a once-in-a-while thing...
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    When considering adopting a telecommuting policy, employers and HR professionals may carefully and thoughtfully weigh the potential for equipment and facilities cost savings, the ability to recruit and retain employees outside the local market, and an increase in morale and productivity against the sometimes complex logistics of remote work and...
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