These days, it’s mostly been about returning to the office environment. However, there are definitely a few hold-outs and those who have decided the remote work-life is for them and their business. We get it, we really do. There’s a certain flexibility and increased productivity that comes with teleworking. It can definitely be a win-win for everyone. Although we find that likelihood of the win-win increases greatly when there is a remote work policy in place. So today we are giving you some tips on drafting a remote work policy.
Tips for Drafting a Remote Work Policy for Employees
- Remind employees that the right is granted solely at your discretion, and may take into account factors such as position and circumstances.
- If the right to remote work is granted, then the employee must work virtually from their residential address to avoid issues with your workers’ compensation policy.
- Consider whether you will be compensating or reimbursing remote work employees for business-related expenses and how that will work (meaning will there need to be approval, what forms will you need, etc.).
- Establish a meeting system where you can check in with the remote work employee(s) for some good old face-to-face time. Likewise, establish a schedule where they know they must be available for Company communication so promptness doesn’t fail.
- Ensure the remote worker has up-to-date electronic equipment (and who will be responsible for maintaining it), so that security measures and practices can be taken to secure Company information and avoid security breaches.
- Determine what materials and/or property you will be providing that is Company-owned property, such as equipment, records, and/or materials, and make sure the employee knows what is expected of them in the event of a malfunction, separation, or the like.
Get Help From a Florida HR Lawyer
Drafting employment policies like a remote work policy is important for many modern businesses. By taking the time to prepare and present a sound policy, you will be protecting your business. For that reason we suggest you seek legal counsel for support. If you have any specific questions, concerns, or are ready to get assistance in Florida, contact an experienced Florida employment law attorney for immediate assistance.