Telecommuting agreement considerations
Discover common considerations when utilizing a telecommuting agreement to help clarify expectations and address logistics regarding work-from-home arrangements. Common considerations in a telecommuting agreement include:
- An expectation that the employee will designate a workspace within the home and will maintain the workspace in a safe condition, free from hazards to people and equipment.
- Establish work schedule and hours. Non-exempt employees require approval before working more than their regular hours.
- Establish employment and performance expectations in the telecommuting environment.
- Identify all equipment with an asset tag. Document all instances where employees take equipment home with them.
- Verify that the employer has the right to make on-site visits to ensure that the workspace is safe, to conduct an ergonomic assessment, and to inspect, maintain, repair, or retrieve employer-owned equipment.
- Confirm that the employee’s home workspace will not be considered an extension of the employer worksite. While the employee may be covered by worker’s compensation for injuries sustained while working, the employee remains responsible for injuries to third parties and/or members of the employee’s family on the employee’s premises.