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Telecommuting: Avoiding Legal Pitfalls When Employees Work Remotely

 

Speaker Name : Susan Fahey Desmond


Recorded Session

90 Minutes

Description

When we think of “telecommuters,” we often think of one who wants to work from home on a full time or semi part time basis. In a sense, however, almost every worker who performs work outside of the office is a telecommuter. We take our work home with us. We take that laptop home and finish the work there or get up early in the morning and check our emails. We answer our emails off our iPhones or other personal digital devices. And, there are the more traditional telecommuters who indeed work on a full time or part time basis at home.

You may think Allowing employees to telecommute is remarkably easy and relatively risk free BUT there are several telecommuting legal issues you may not aware of that could put you in a path of legal risk. 

Remote work, like all flexible work options, should be governed by a formal company policy. And that policy needs to address potential legal issues that could arise when people work from home.

Some of these legal concerns might be obvious, but others are more obscure. 

This webinar will touch on all the Nitty-Gritties of the Telecommuting Arrangement.

Areas Covered

  • What do we truly mean by “telecommuting”?
  • What does “course and scope of employment” mean in a telecommuting situation?
  • What Fair Labor Standards Act should you consider in a telecommuting arrangement like timekeeping, travel time, etc.?
  • How is the workers’ compensation “coming and going” rule used in a telecommuting arrangement?
  • What Employers/Employees should consider in a telecommuting agreement
  • What is OSHA’s latest position with regard to telecommuting arrangements?
  • Are there circumstances where the Americans with Disabilities Act can require an employer to allow an employee to telecommute?
  • How to protect your business secrets while allowing employees to work away from the office?
  • Do you know the Legal requirements in protecting safety sensitive information?
  • Are you required to calculate the time an employee answers emails as “working time”? Can you apply the “de minimus” rule?

Who Should Attend

  • Senior HR Professionals
  • HR Managers & Directors
  • Attorneys
  • HR Personnel
  • Employee Relations Professionals


ON-DEMAND

  Downloadable recorded   $229
  Training CD   $299

Speaker Profile

Susan Fahey Desmond is a Principal in the New Orleans, Louisiana, office of Jackson Lewis P.C which has offices in 59 cities across the country. She has been representing management in the area of labor and employment law since her graduation from the University of Tennessee School Of Law. She is a frequent speaker and author on a number of labor and employment issues. She is named in Best Lawyers in America and has been named by Chambers USA as one of America's leading business lawyers for labor and employment law.

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