The Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) supports telecommuting in the state through program support and tax credits. The agency maintains a comprehensive Telework/Telecommuting webpage at http://www.oregon.gov
with a telework guide and sample policies, agreements, assessments, and other helpful information.
Private employers. "Telecommuting" is defined as working from the employee's home or from an office near the employee's home 1 or several days per week, rather than from the principal place of employment (OR Rev. Stat. Sec. 240.855).
Minimum wage. Telecommuters classified as nonexempt must be paid at least minimum wage and time and a half for hours worked in excess of 40 in a workweek (OR Rev. Stat. Ch. 653).
State workers. The state of Oregon has a policy (HR Policy 50.050.01) to encourage state agencies to allow their employees to telecommute when there are opportunities for improved employee performance, reduced commuting miles, or agency savings, and when the practice does not conflict with collective bargaining agreements. Each state agency must create a written policy defining specific criteria and procedures for telecommuting and sign a telecommuting agreement with each participating employee (OR Rev. Stat. Sec. 240.855).
Tax incentives. The ODOE administrates helping eligible employers adopt telecommuting programs through Business Energy Tax Credits (BETC) that support the purchase of new or used equipment and software to support telework.
Credits vary by the type of project, but can be up to of 35 percent of the cost (taken over 5 years) of certain energy or conservation projects, including
For complete information on the Business Energy Tax Credit Program, including downloadable forms, or to sign up ...