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Massachusetts Homeworkers/ Telecommuting: What you need to know

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection implements the Massachusetts Rideshare Regulation to encourage private employers to allow the practice to decrease fuel consumption and toxic emissions, as well as workplace space requirements and energy use (310 CMR 7.16).
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Employees of Commonwealth agencies are permitted to commute 1 or 2 days per week as an alternative work option or for additional days under special circumstances. Under Human Resources Division rules, employees who telecommute must sign a Telecommuter Agreement outlining hours of work, mandatory meetings, proper use and maintenance of equipment, and recordkeeping requirements, and follow the telecommuting personnel policy. The telecommuter is responsible for safety and security in the designated home workplace. State-owned equipment may be used only for state business .
Massachusetts law regulates the health, welfare, and conditions of employment of homeworkers and limits the types of businesses that may employ homeworkers (MA Gen. Laws Ch. 149 Sec. 143et seq.).
Federal law. Employers should remember that federal law also regulates homework. Employers that are covered by both laws must comply with both laws.
The Massachusetts law covers any employer that, directly or indirectly, furnishes another person with materials or articles to be manufactured or worked on in a home, which are then to be returned to the employer. Materials that are for the personal use of the employer or a member of the employer's family are exempt.
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