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Sample Telecommuting Agreement

Use a Telecommuting Agreement to establish the terms and conditions governing how an employee should work from home. Telecommuting is an alternative to commuting to and from the workplace. Given today’s new communication technologies, like VoIP hosted PBX systems that can seamlessly connect an employee from anywhere. Therefore, this arrangement is an increasingly popular means to reduce overhead costs and provide flexibility to employees.

Telecommuting is often used by employers to attract and retain employees. But, it is necessary to outline the terms of such an agreement in writing. The Telecommuting Agreement is critical for anyone considering a telecommuting arrangement. It contains information related to:

  • employee evaluation
  • inspection
  • pay status
  • and equipment ownership and liability

Below is a model of a telecommuting agreement. Modify it for use in your organization. For a more detailed Telecommuting Agreement, you can search online or go to Rocket Lawyer and purchase one.

Telecommuting Agreement

I have read and understood the attached Telecommuting Agreement, and agree to the duties, obligations, responsibilities, and conditions described in that document.

I agree that I am responsible for establishing specific telecommuting work hours. And, I will furnish and safely maintain my remote workspace by employing appropriate telecommuting security measures. Further, I agree to protect company assets, information, trade secrets, and systems.

I understand that telecommuting is voluntary, and I may stop telecommuting at any time. At any time, I know that the company may change any or all of the conditions for telecommuting. And the company can, at any time, withdraw permission to telecommute altogether.

Remote work location:

Employee residence

________________________________________

Company premise

________________________________________

Description of workspace at the remote work location

________________________________________

Telecommuting schedule:

Weekly as follows

________________________________________

Monthly as follows

________________________________________

No regular schedule (separate permission for each telecommuting day)

________________________________________

Regular telecommuting work hours:

From ______ to ______

Meal break/other breaks:

________________________________________

Company assets to be used at remote work location: (Description and ID numbers)

________________________________________

________________________________________

________________________________________

Company information systems to be accessed from remote work location: (List)

________________________________________

________________________________________

________________________________________

Non-company equipment, software, and data to be used at remote work location: (List)

________________________________________

________________________________________

________________________________________

Other

________________________________________

________________________________________

________________________________________

Signature: ____________________________________

Final Thought

Finally, when you allow your employee(s) to telecommute or work from home, a small business owner can cut down on overhead expenses life office space. Additionally, studies show that employees who work from tend to be happier and more productive. So, it is a win/win situation if you communicate the rules from the very beginning. That way, there will be no questions about how the small business owner expects their employees to make it work for both of them.