Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Telecommuters – Are You Thinking About Their Safety?
What does this mean for employers? Basically, it means employers need to think ahead and create written agreements and policies that address telecommuting. Written agreements with telecommuting employees should clearly state the standards and expectations the employer has regarding work space and equipment. If materials or equipment are provided by the employer, they should be maintained and repaired just as if they were in the workplace. Work processes should be reviewed to make certain that they do not create risk when performed in a home office or other remote environment. In addition, in order to limit workers’ compensation claims, the Agreements should address the hours of work, break periods, and other standards that will distinguish working time from personal time.