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Workers' Compensation Liability and the Remote Employee

OnDemand Webinar (89 minutes)

Learn how workers' compensation laws affect remote employees and how you can minimize risk of litigation.More and more companies are allowing employees to leave the controlled confines of the office to work remotely from home. While this has many benefits for both the employee and employer, it also increases potential workers' compensation risk for employers. The employer has little to no control over the home premises. The employee may co-mingle work and home duties at once. The employee may even be located in a different state with different workers' compensation laws. This topic will assist employers, HR professionals, and attorneys from different states to identify these issues and provide strategies to minimize risk. This material will also discuss other potential concerns with remote employees and suggest considerations for improvements in existing remote employment policies.


James F. Devine, Cipriani & Werner, P.C. Ryan J. Murphy, Cipriani & Werner, P.C.



• Remote Employees: Mobile Professionals and Telecommuters

• Statistics

Unique Workers Issues Related to Remote Employees

• Course and Scope of Employment

• Lack of Control Over Conditions of the Premises

• Work Hours/Break Periods

• Reporting of Injuries

• Out-of-State Workers

Other Concerns

• Wage and Hour Laws

• OSHA Reporting

• ADA Accommodations

• Denial of a Telecommuting Request

• Cybersecurity

Best Practices

• Outlining of Specific Job Duties

• Establishing the Work Location in the Home

• Clear Work Hours/Breaks

• Discussion of Permitted and Prohibited Activities

• Monitoring Employees/Home Inspections

Addressing Risk Through Remote Employee Policies

• Creation of Remote Employee Policy

• Updating Job Descriptions

• Reporting of Injuries

• Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Policies