President Signs Telework Act

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December 9th, President Obama signed Telework Enhancement Act of 2010 (H.R. 1722), and now it’s the law of he land. He works at home too, after all, and understands the advantages.

The new law puts some teeth (not enough and not sharp enough, we think) into previous legislation that governs Federal employees. But it’s a big step in the right direction.

This one basically says all Federal workers are eligible to telework unless their job prevents it (like, say, air traffic controllers), it requires Federal agencies to establish telework policies, and it requires them to designate a Telework Managing Officer.

Within 180 days all Federal agencies have to

•Establish policy for eligible employees to telework
•Determine employee eligibility
•Notify all employees of their eligibility
•Establish interactive training programs for teleworkers and telework managers
•Include telework in business continuity (COOP) plans
•Designate a Telework Managing Officer
•Must be a senior official with direct access to agency head
•Provide yearly progress reports to the Office of Personnel Management


Telework becomes must in US. How soon in Ukraine ?

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Telework Improvements Act Passes in the House of Representatives

On July 14 the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Telework Improvements Act, a bill that will enable most federal employees to spend up to 20 percent of their work time working from home (or anywhere else) over a two-week period. A similar bill has already passed the Senate; the legislation will become law once it gets through a House/Senate reconciliation.

From a July 15 post on

Under the bill, the Office of Personnel Management would develop a telework policy for all employees in federal agencies and would create a Telework Managing Officer within every agency.

The bill also mandates training for employees and managers, and ensures that teleworking will not affect any individual’s performance evaluations.

This is a very big deal; Future of Work Associate Kate Lister of the Telework Research Network estimates that full implementation of this policy could save the federal government over $13 billion a year.