How Nonprofits Can Avoid the Legal Pitfalls of Telecommuting Employees

How Nonprofits Can Avoid the Legal Pitfalls of Telecommuting Employees

Legal By: Jeffrey S. Tenenbaum, David R. Warner, Kristine A. Sova, and Nicholas M. Reiter

Telecommuting has become increasingly popular as it has become easier for employees to connect remotely. But employers must consider the legal issues involved in employees working at home, from compensation to taxation to discrimination issues and more.

As technology for the home office improves, more nonprofits and employees are taking advantage of the benefits of telecommuting. Laptops are lighter, faster, and more portable. Smartphones, iPads, and other e-readers continue to sell in record numbers. Cloud computing enhances colleagues' ability to share information efficiently. Videoconferences are becoming the norm, not the exception. These technological advances, when combined with the growing concerns over gasoline prices and work-life balance, make telecommuting a very attractive option for many nonprofits and their employees....