Perks and challenges of working remotely
Flexible work arrangements that allow employees to choose their work location are considered by many to be the “new normal.” In the ongoing “War for Talent,” offering employees the ability to work outside a traditional office setting is increasingly used as a benefit to attract and keep talented individuals.
Employer Considerations for Telecommuters will advise you how to address the potential legal issues that can arise from permitting telecommuting. You’ll learn what should be addressed in a telecommuting policy, as well as how to word the expectations and rules for remote employees.
Reduce hacking threats
Seeing a preview of a text message. Using public Wi-Fi at a coffee shop. Plugging a cell phone into a charging port at the airport. When working in public spaces, remote workers can open the door to data breaches if they’re not careful with their digital devices.
Employers need to educate telecommuters about the potential security risks of using public, unsecured Wi-Fi networks. Ensure your clients’ employees are taking measures to guard sensitive information on their cell phones or computers that are linked to work accounts.
Out of sight but still on your mind
Working from home can raise ambiguity about when the work day starts and ends. If employees are regularly working off the clock – responding to emails, for example—they may be eligible for overtime pay. Hear strategies for minimizing the risk of overtime liability, such as requiring electronic clock-ins.
Plus, when employees aren’t all working in a centralized brick-and-mortar space, another concern is the possibility of injury. If a worker is injured while on the clock, how can you be certain that the injury was related to services “growing out of and incidental to his or her employment”? Discover how to limit potential fraudulent or unsubstantiated worker’s compensation claims.
Stave off possible legal concerns with help from Employer Considerations for Telecommuters.