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Working from Home: What Employees & Employers Need to Know - US Version Training Video

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Ensure compliance with US labor laws and optimize your remote workforce management.

8 minutes   |   SKU: ABCWOR-US    |    Language(s): EN    |    Produced 2021








8 minutes

Training Objectives

Understand federal and state legal obligations for remote work
Conduct effective risk assessments and ensure ergonomic setups
Update contracts and provide state-specific employee training
Manage information security and data protection for remote workers
Maintain compliance with wage, hour laws, and OSHA regulations
Support remote employees' mental health and performance

Course Overview

The number of people working from home is steadily increasing, with well over 26 million in the United States alone. This trend offers potential improvements in job satisfaction, productivity, and cost savings from reduced office space. However, it also introduces significant legal challenges for employers who must ensure homeworking complies with federal and state laws.

Employers need to understand their legal obligations, which include over 180 federal labor laws such as the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Employee Privacy Law, and Workers Compensation. This course will highlight key aspects of these laws and their specific application to remote work scenarios. For instance, OSHA provides guidelines to determine if an injury or illness during homeworking is work-related, such as injuries directly linked to work tasks. Meanwhile, FMLA leave calculations are based on employees’ primary reporting sites rather than their homes. Additionally, states may have unique standards and regulations that employers must adhere to.

Employers must take proactive measures to protect their remote employees. This includes conducting risk assessments, ensuring ergonomic workstations, and addressing information security risks. Contracts should be updated to reflect the new work location, and employees must be trained on company protocols and state-specific regulations. After remote work begins, employers should continue monitoring and investigating any incidents, ensuring compliance with wage and hour laws, and providing support services to remote employees. Clear performance metrics and regular communication help mitigate feelings of isolation and maintain productivity.

Employees also have responsibilities when working from home, such as ensuring their home environment is safe and compliant with company policies. They should use resources like OSHA’s “Computer Workstations eTool” checklist and NIOSH guidelines to set up ergonomic workspaces and manage health risks. By adhering to legal requirements and implementing best practices, companies can avoid the pitfalls of non-compliance, such as OSHA fines, increased Workers Compensation premiums, and potential lawsuits. Proper management of remote work arrangements can lead to significant benefits, including reduced overhead costs, access to a broader talent pool, and increased employee satisfaction and retention.

In conclusion, working from home is a growing trend that requires careful legal and practical consideration. This course will equip employers with the knowledge to create compliant, effective, and supportive remote work environments, ensuring both legal compliance and enhanced employee performance.

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How many people in the United States are working from home?

Over 26 million people in the United States are working from home.

What are some key federal laws applicable to homeworking?

Key federal laws include OSHA, FMLA, FLSA, ADA, Employee Privacy Law, and Workers Compensation.

What conditions must be met for an injury at home to be considered work-related under OSHA?

The injury must occur while doing work for pay, be directly related to work performance, and not caused by the normal home environment.

What should employers include in home working agreements?

Home working agreements should cover safety, health, data security, working hours, and overtime rules.

How can employers support remote employees' mental health?

Employers can support mental health by involving remote employees in office decisions, providing access to support services, and recognizing their achievements.

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