PA 10-169—sHB 5202

Labor and Public Employees Committee

Government Administration and Elections Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING TELECOMMUTING OPTIONS FOR STATE EMPLOYEES

SUMMARY: Prior law allowed the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) commissioner to develop and implement guidelines authorizing state employee telecommuting and work-at-home programs. The act instead requires the commissioner to develop and implement these guidelines, within available appropriations, to (1) increase worker efficiency and productivity, (2) benefit the environment, and (3) reduce traffic congestion.

Under the act, a telecommuting or work-at-home assignment must meet the programs' guidelines. It eliminates the requirement that an assignment must be determined to be cost effective.

It specifies that the guidelines and the decision on whether a position is appropriate for telecommuting are not subject to collective bargaining. By law, the guidelines must be developed and implemented in cooperation with state employee unions.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2010

AUTHORIZATION AND DURATION

The act specifies that agency heads and the executive director of the Office of Legislative Management, or her designee, may authorize employees to participate in the programs. It eliminates the requirement that the DAS commissioner also approve an employee's participation.

The act eliminates the six-month limit on telecommuting assignments. Instead it states that the assignment must be temporary and may be terminated as required by agency operating needs.

Each agency must provide the DAS with a copy of each telecommuting or work-at-home program agreement authorized for an employee.

REPORTING TO THE LEGISLATURE

The act requires the DAS commissioner to provide her annual report on employee use of the program to the Government Administration and Elections Committee. The law already required the report to be submitted to the Labor and Public Employees Committee.

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