Does allowing telecommuting make it more difficult to fire employees?

The answer like the majority of questions in HR is “It depends” as articulated in an article by Daniel Schwarz of Jackson Lewis in his discussion of the case Hostettler v. College of Wooster, in the 6th District Court of Appeals (Ohio.) The case According to Schwarz, the employee in question was suffering from recovering …

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Enhancing Job Satisfaction Without Giving a Raise

  Today’s post is brought to you by my friends as SocialMonsters.org. These are good tips for companies that cannot afford monetary increases. The level of unhappiness at work has been steadily increasing over the last few decades with nearly half of Americans expressing their dissatisfaction over their workplace. According to a report by the …

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Telecommuting doesn’t always have to be seen as a reasonable accommodation

When you have a worker out for some disability they may request the possibility of telecommuting as a reasonable accommodation. To some people and companies that may seem to be reasonable, but to others it may not. The case A litigation attorney sued her employer for not providing the reasonable accommodation of allowing her to …

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Tips for Creating and Implementing a Remote Work Policy

Today’s post is brought to you by my friends at SocialMonsters.org.  With the technology and connectivity innovations of the past decade, many jobs can now be done from anywhere. In-person meetings and communication remain fundamental to most projects, but that shouldn’t prevent companies from allowing employees to work from home. The benefits are numerous. In …

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Future Friday: Does telecommuting cause a digital divide?

I have written a number of times that the part of the future of work is both telecommuting and a free-agent workforce. More and more companies are using or allowing a greater freedom in telecommuting. More companies are using independent contractors who do not have to be present to perform the work that can be …

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Why Going Green Is a Great Idea in the Workplace

This post courtesy of my friends at SocialMonsters.org While you might think that the only green your employees care about relates to how much money they make, it turns out that workers also are passionate about companies that are green in terms of the environment. In fact, businesses that are eco-friendly tend to have workers …

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Why attendance doesn’t actually mean physical presence

In a case involving the Ford Motor Co., brought by the EEOC, the U.S. District court acknowledged the fact that technology is having an impact on the definitions in the workplace. Reasonable accommodation In a case of an employee who had a bowel problem that made it difficult for her to work outside of the …

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Telecommuting dealt another blow

As if the Yahoo and Best Buy moves against telecommuting employees were not enough to make companies rethink telecommuting there may now be tax consequences to letting telecommuters live in another state other than the one the company is headquartered in. It is all about tax collection According to attorney Brendan Lund, a “ground-breaking New …

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If the NLRB allows employees to telecommute so can you!

Working remotely is a solution many organizations have considered to accomplish a number of goals. “Telecommuting” suffered a setback when Yahoo altered the way they did business and called all their remote workers back to the main office. But despite the move by Yahoo more and more organizations are moving to remote working on either …

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Yahoo is making a Mistake Using Telework as the Scapegoat

  I am probably the last person to comment on the action of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer who has eliminated teleworking at Yahoo. She was hired to whip Yahoo in shape but I think she is making a mistake by using telework as the scapegoat for poor management. Teleworking works I have seen the benefits …

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