The state encourages the use of telecommuting as a work option at agencies and in job positions where it is practicable. Employees apply for telecommuting through their direct supervisor. The Department of General Services develops policies and procedures and oversees telecommuting arrangements and evaluations for state employees. The Department has issued a 2010 Statewide Telework Model for employees and supervisors. Go towww.dgs.ca.gov
for specific information.
Reimbursement. Employees who request telecommuting from their homes are not reimbursed for the establishment and maintenance of home offices, including utility costs. Some state employees telecommute from satellite offices; the state does not reimburse workers for their commute to remote worksites.
Security. To help state agencies maintain security of information, the state chief information officer has issued the Telework and Remote Access Security Standard for telecommuters and employees who work remotely. The Standard requires that all computing equipment (computers and operating system software) must be state-owned and have state security software. State teleworkers will be held responsible for security of information on mobile devices, as well as all paper files.
California has no specific statutes directly regulating telecommuting. Private employers should have written agreements with all employees who telecommute, as well as signed safety self-certifications for the home office.
The California Occupational Safety and Health Act requires employers to provide a safe and healthy workplace, even if the workplace is in the employee's home, although an agency inspection is unlikely. A telecommuting employee injured in ...