April 09, 2020

Greg Abrams Shares Insight on Flexible Remote Work Policies with HR News

As organizations rapidly implement and expand remote-work arrangements for employees due to the coronavirus outbreak, employers need to outline expectations and guidelines for working outside the office.

HR News consulted partner Greg Abrams for insight on why flexibility with remote workers is both good management practice and necessary in the current legal landscape. In the article, “Remote Work Policies Should Now Stress Flexibility,” Abrams addresses issues ranging from policies and communications, to overtime and disability accommodations.

"Clear policies are always advisable, but employers must be ready to adjust quickly as circumstances change," Abrams told the publication, noting that new Department of Labor guidelines could affect remote work. "Policies should clarify that expectations are subject to change quickly and unexpectedly given the current climate."

Employers must ensure that hourly employees know "the number of hours they are expected to work, what they should do if they need to work outside of scheduled work hours, how to report time, and how to communicate about unanticipated overtime," Abrams said.

Abrams added that states have various laws about meal breaks, rest breaks, and how many consecutive hours one can work, and remote work policies need to be mindful of those as well.

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