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Drafting a remote work policy: 5 legal pitfalls to watch for

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With the sudden shift towards remote work for practically all office spaces across the United States and the better part of the entire world, there is an attendant requirement to devise remote work policies for companies. 

In the following HR Morning article, Rick Henson does an expert job of identifying the five most critical legal areas to address in a newly minted remote work policy:

  1. FLSA violations
  2. Discrimination/Disability-related issues
  3. Work environment obligations
  4. Data security concerns 
  5. Worksite closures 

Additionally, Henson covers eight areas that a progressive remote work policy should always enumerate:

  1. Eligibility
  2. Availability
  3. Responsiveness
  4. Measuring productivity 
  5. Equipment
  6. Tech Support
  7. Physical Environment 
  8. Security

With the aforementioned list of items to include in a remote work policy, have you been forced into action by your company to draft a new remote work policy? If so, are there additional measures that you have included, beyond Henson’s instructions, that you think would be valuable for HR & TA communities?

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