Employers Must Track Remote Work Hours
In response to the Covid 19 pandemic, there was a drastic increase in the amount of employees that had to work from home. This adaptation to a normal work life was an adjustment for not only employees, but employers as well. In the pre-pandemic world, there were plenty of ways of clocking in and out to track work hours. This not only prevented employees from being overworked, but ensured that they were compensated for all hours work. The Department of Labor issued a guidance back in August to remind employers of their responsibility to track work hours, even telecommuted work hours.
No Specific Method
While it is mandated that an employer must track work hours, there is no set-in-stone way that it must be done. There are many available methods such as digital punch cards, even reports that may be signed off on. Have your employees fill out a weekly report to track hours and work performed. This will keep you in compliance if you are an employer.
All Work Must Be Compensated
If you know that your employee is working, you must pay for those work hours. This is not to say that you can not have control measures in place to help with costs. But if you know that work was performed, you are required to compensate for it. You may then provide whatever disciplinary action necessary for violating work rules.
Reason To Believe Work Was Performed
Because there may not be accurate reporting of work hours, some work may be performed “off the clock”. If your employee was, for example, answering calls outside of normal work hours, or perhaps submits a report on a scheduled day off, then you have reason to believe work was performed and must pay for that time as well. You may then remind your employee that no work is to be performed outside of scheduled work hours.
Contact A Business Lawyer
If you have further questions as an employer about how to navigate teleworking employees, contact Heskett & Heskett today. Our business and corporate attorneys can help you stay in compliance with Department of Labor Guidelines. Call 918-336-1773 or send us a message here to get the answers you are looking for.