Oregon Telecommuting laws & HR compliance analysis

Oregon Telecommuting: What you need to know

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. § 240.855).
The state Department of Administrative Services provides a telecommuting and teleworking toolkit that includes guidelines and agreements.
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Under Oregon law, employers must provide, with pay, appropriate rest periods of at least 10 minutes for every 4 hours of work. As the nature of the work allows, employers must provide the rest period approximately in the middle of each segment of 4 hours or the major part thereof worked during a work period (Or. Admin. Reg. 839-020-0050). Employers must provide these rest periods in addition to and taken separately from the time provided for a meal period. An employer may not require or allow an employee to add the rest period to a meal period or deduct the rest period from the beginning or end of the employee's work period to reduce the overall length of the work period. More information and exceptions are covered at the Oregon rest periods section.
Some local government entities have established their own telecommuting programs. For example, Portland, Or., H.R. Admin. R. 4.0 provides municipal guidelines for telework. Employers should check with the local chamber of commerce to see if there are such programs in the area.
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