Idaho Homeworkers/ Telecommuting laws & HR compliance analysis

Idaho Homeworkers/ Telecommuting: What you need to know

The Idaho Division of Human Resources (DHR) has revised its policy on telecommuting to encourage agencies to utilize the telecommuting process and designate employees who can perform their work from alternate locations. The DHR will assist agencies with developing telecommuting programs and procedures, including as part of emergency planning.
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Telecommuting agreement. State employees who telecommute must sign a telecommuting agreement and telecommuting policy to acknowledge that they will abide by the conditions of the agreement and policy. The signing of the agreement does not change their other conditions of employment.
Liability. In a telecommuting agreement in which the employee works from his or her home, the employee is liable for injuries to third parties and/or members of the employee's family on the premises.
Workers' compensation. The state workers' compensation program covers injuries and illnesses occurring within the scope of employment. Supervisors of telecommuters must indicate in writing, in the agreement, the safety and housekeeping measures that should eliminate the chance of on-the-job injuries in the telecommuters' homes.
Security of information. All state information must be protected in the telecommuter's home under approved state security procedures. Therefore, agencies are cautioned about allowing employees who work with sensitive information, including information covered under the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act, to telecommute and/or transport or store sensitive information in their homes.
Residency of telecommuter. The telecommuting policy requires that the employee reside within the state of Idaho. State employees who must telecommute from ...

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