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11 Telecommuting FAQs

Although the decision to allow—or not allow—telecommuting is driven mostly by business considerations like marketability and retention, don’t overlook the legal issues these arrangements create. Here are 11 FAQs to help you resolve the legal and operational problems associated with telecommuting.

QUESTION 1: Can you require employees to work from home if they don’t want to?

ANSWER: No. The arrangement must be voluntary and not forced on employees against their will. For example, a BC court ruled that forcing a veteran analyst with two young kids to give up her office and do part of her job from home constituted constructive dismissal [Renard v. Facet Decision Systems Inc., [2010] B.C.J. No. 2694, Nov. 19, 2010].

QUESTION 2: How do you keep employees from telecommuting without permission?

ANSWER: Implement a written policy that specifically defines “telecommuting” as a formal arrangement in which the employee must get permission to work from home a certain number of days or hours ea...

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