Legal & Effective Teleworking:
Setting the Rules for Remote Work
Get the simplest and most sound legal strategies, including how to:
When you must say ‘yes’ … and can say ‘no.’
Learn how to legally decide who must be given remote-work accommodations, why and for how long.
How to track time and pay properly.
Prevent disputes over off-the-clock work, the biggest risk for class-action lawsuits by remote workers.
How to revise your policies.
If you haven’t updated your leave and pay policies since the pandemic, you’re risking liability.
Stop ‘winging it’ with your remote-work practices … here’s how to get them in compliance now
The pandemic that sent millions of employees to work remotely is 18 months old, yet many HR departments still haven’t established legally safe policies and practices for their teleworkers. Nor do many HR people understand when they legally MUST accommodate remote-work requests—and when they can say “no.” Having a disorganized, ad-hoc approach to remote work will put your organization (and your career) at a big legal risk.
This timely webinar recording will directly explain your rights and compliance responsibilities for this new standard of work. With the expert guidance of employment lawyer Anniken Davenport, you’ll learn how to correctly revise your policies and practices, from time-keeping to accommodations and classification to multi-state pay issues. This important training will help you comply with total confidence.
Agenda for Legal & Effective Teleworking
- Why telework isn’t a right. And when denial of telework isn’t an adverse employment action.
- Reasonable accommodation. Why you must consider allowing employees with certain injuries or illnesses to work from home as a reasonable accommodation if you have any other remote employees, and even if you don’t.
- Remote workers in different states. The complicated hiring and payroll factors for remote workers who live in a different state than their employer – or want to move or relocate temporarily.
- Harassment. Shockingly, more workers are reporting sexual, age and ethnicity harassment than ever before – especially when teleworking. You need new harassment rules for telework NOW.
- New telework rules for managers. Where your managers need new training to successfully supervise remote staff.
- Outdated wage-and-hour laws. How to avoid laws that require you to pay remote workers for the surprise expenses they incur on your behalf.
- Time-keeping. How to comply with state and federal laws on time-keeping and breaks for remote staff.
- Discipline. The correct way to write up remote workers … and the unique issues in terminating them.
- Common classification mistakes. How to properly classify remote workers as exempt vs. non-exempt and employee vs. independent contractor. Jobs change and so does classification.
- Worker’s compensation. How you can mitigate the risks with planning and monitoring.
Anniken Davenport is a noted employment law attorney and the editor of the HR Specialist: Employment Law newsletter series. She has authored several books, including Bullet-Proof Your Employee Handbook and Overtime & Other Tricky Pay Issues, published by HR Specialist. She is the co-author of the upcoming Labor & Employment Law for the 21st Century by Prentice Hall. Anniken has served as a professor at Penn State University, where she taught business law and HR management, and she directed the Legal Studies Program at Wilson College. Her legal career includes representing government units in discrimination and other employment law cases and representing school districts in labor negotiations.Anniken Davenport Attorney and author
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