Category Archives: Flexible Work Arrangements

Governments of 20 Countries Ahead of U.S. In Promoting Workplace Flexibility

Source: Ariane Hegewisch and Janet C. Gornick, Institute for Women’s Policy Research and Center for WorkLife Law, IWPR No. B258, May 2008

From the press release:
A new report by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) and the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law, charts what governments in high income countries are doing to speed up the pace of workplace change.

The report, Statutory Routes to Workplace Flexibility in Cross-National Perspective, is based on a review of statutory employment rights in 21 high-income countries, including the United States, aimed at increasing workers’ ability to change their working hours and arrangements to balance work and family, and facilitate lifelong learning and gradual retirement. It argues that, in the context of U.S. demographic and economic changes, an explicit right to request flexible work could play an important role in preparing the U.S. economy for the future.

NCSL 50-State Legislative Tracking Web Resources

Source: National Conference of State Legislatures, June 2008

At the request of NCSL’s Legislative Research Librarians (LRL) staff section, NCSL has developed this resource of 50-state compilations covering various issues that concern state legislators and legislative staff. Here you will find a topical, alphabetical listing of legislative and statutory databases, compilations and state charts/maps.

[NOTE: Some of these tracking services are currently out of date. PLEASE NOTE THE DATE of the item you are reviewing].

Labor & Employment

At-Will Employment
Day Laborer Laws (statutes)
Drugtesting in the Workplace
State Divestment Legislation
Equal Pay (statutes and legislation)
Family/Medical Leave Laws (statutes)
Living Wage (legislation)
Medical Donar Leave Laws (statutes)
Minimum Wage Laws (legislation and chart)
Minors – Employment Laws (statutes)
Non-compete Agreements (statutes)
Overtime Laws (statutes)
Sick Leave Laws (statutes)
Telecommuting (statutes and legislation)
Whistleblowers (statutes)
Workforce Development (legislation and resources)

Telework: A green solution for the 21st century’s employee crisis

Source: McLean Robbins, Employee Benefit News, June 15, 2008

Experts have debated at length the cost/benefit analysis of telework from productivity, security, and work-life standpoints, but one thing is for certain. Rising energy costs and the trickling economy have lead to a nationwide cash crunch. New data suggests that telework can contribute strongly to reducing pollution, energy consumption and overhead costs for companies.

Nearly 40% of all employees are eligible for telework, but a mere 15% actually do, according to the CDW 2008 Telework Report. Other reports suggest that as little as 4% of the nation’s workforce works from home.

The upcoming book “Undress4Success: The Naked Truth about Working from Home” estimates that, if telework increased to its full potential, Gulf oil imports could be reduced as much as 80%. This equates to $43 billion dollars at the gas pump, 625 million barrels of oil and reduction of carbon dioxide emissions by 107 million tons, authors Kate Lister and Tom Harnish estimate.
Related:
Undress4Success – blog

Work-Life Policies for the Twenty-First Century Economy

Source: Heather Boushey, Layla Moughari, Sarah Sattelmeyer, and Margy Waller, Mobility Agenda, May 2008

From the abstract:
The U.S. economy, workplace, workforce, and labor market have changed radically in the last 50 years, yet our public and private policies have not kept up with these changes. In recent years, policymakers have begun considering new options for allowing workers to meet the often-conflicting demands of work and other life obligations. These proposals include a variety of options for time off from work–both paid and unpaid–and more flexibility in the workplace. In this report, we review the evidence regarding work-life conflicts, the economic case for policy initiatives, and evidence of effectiveness of the policy options. We provide a clear explanation of these policy options and make recommendations for decision-makers.

2008 National Study of Employers

Source: Ellen Galinsky, James T. Bond, Kelly Sakai, Stacy S. Kim, Nicole Giuntoli, Families and Work Institute, 2008

First conducted in 1998, the 2008 NSE is the most comprehensive and far-reaching study of initiatives provided by U.S. employers to address the changing needs of today’s workforce. Designed by Families and Work Institute and conducted by Harris Interactive, Inc., the NSE interviewed 1,100 employers with 50 or more employees located throughout the United States and provides trend data on changes that have occurred over the past 10 years. The study addresses questions such as:
• What is the prevalence of programs, policies, and benefits that address the needs of the changing workforce, including workplace flexibility, caregiving leaves, child and elder care assistance, and health care/economic security benefits?
• Are smaller or larger employers more likely to provide these programs, policies, and benefits?
• Have these initiatives increased or decreased in the past ten years?
• Which employers provider higher levels of support to their employees?

OPM Launches Enhanced Telework Website

Source: U.S. Office of Personnel Management

From news release:
Office of Personnel Management (OPM)…announced the launch of an enhanced interagency telework website, www.telework.gov. The updated site features a series of user-friendly improvements designed to make telework information more accessible and understandable to Federal employees…and was developed in partnership with the General Services Administration (GSA), OPM’s telework.gov partner. Users can read and download recent telework guidance and legislation, reports, and studies. A search database allows users to input telework-related questions, and if answers are not found onsite the questions can be routed to experts who will respond via email. The site offers telework guidance and direction to employees and managers, as well as telework coordinators…Additional features of the updated site include quick links to key pages, online telework training, and easy access to telework-related policies such as reasonable accommodation and emergency closure. Finally, the site displays a green color scheme throughout, chosen to reflect the environmentally friendly aspects of telework. Telework in the Federal Government has increased significantly since 2001, 110,000 employees currently telework according to OPM’s latest report to Congress. The report also found that while overall telework numbers were down slightly from 2005, a majority of agencies increased telework over the previous year, and that 42% fully integrated telework into their emergency planning.

Resolve to Telecommute or Web Commute in 2008

Source: Citrix Online, Press release, 12/18/2008

Escaping the Office to Work Remotely is a Trend-in-the-Making, Says Citrix Study

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. » 12/18/2007 » Some 62% of American workers will ring in the New Year as Web commuter wannabes – best described as those of us who wish we had the freedom to work when and where we want with a little help from Internet technology – reports a new study, “Web Commuting & the American Workforce” from Citrix Online, a division of Citrix Systems, Inc. Easy-to-use online services like GoToMyPC are allowing workers whose jobs require a PC to have full use of their office computer without being at the office. These remote workers, called “telecommuters” in the 1980s and 90s, are today more apt to be “Web commuters” because of their reliance on the Internet.