Common Sense Telework Agreements

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Standardize Telework Agreements with a common sense approach.

Government Shutdowns

Workers with the capability of teleworking should be expected work even when the government is shutdown due to weather or other natural disasters. Unless that worker is directly affected by the situation (power outage, for example) the employee should be expected to work.

Example: On a recent flight to DC, I sat next to a government full-time teleworker that worked every day during the recent government shutdown. Several part-time teleworkers in DC, from that persons same agency, refused to work because their agreement did not require it. These same people routinely teleworked one day per week and had been requesting two days per week. Yet, when the opportunity to prove their worth came up, they failed to perform.

Compensation During Shutdowns

Some often present an argument that requiring teleworkers to work during shutdowns, when others do not, is not fair. This would be less of an issue if all that were able were required to telework.

Note: This proposal is related to:

Mandate Telework Participation Wherever Feasible

http://ideascale.com/t/UB3hZI8p

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    Terrence Hill

    I would go further than subbob. I would provide an automated telework agreement that is customizable for specific provisions. It should also be integrated into the T&A system, where all telework is documented.

    I also think that having a standard policy for all teleworkers will help to ensure consistency. Currently, there is no Federal policy for telework.