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Tracking Hours Worked for Remote Employees

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The Department of Labor issued a bulletin to remind employers to accurately keep track of the hours their employees work away from the office. This applies to telework, remote work arrangements, and those working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) says that employers must compensate employees for all their hours of work. This includes hours that an employee is allowed or requested to work including remote work or telework. For remote work, it’s the time that the employer knows or has reason to believe work is being performed, regardless if the work was requested or authorized.

In addition to keeping track of the number of hours worked, employers should provide reasonable procedures for employees to report unscheduled or scheduled hours of work. If an employee fails to report unscheduled hours, the employer isn’t required to undergo impractical efforts to uncover unreported hours.

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This blog is intended to be a compilation of information and resources pulled from federal, state, and local agencies. This is not intended to be legal advice. For up to the minute information and guidance on COVID-19, please follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and your local health organizations.


National Insurance Services is not a law firm and no opinion, suggestion, or recommendation of the firm or its employees shall constitute legal advice. Readers are advised to consult with their own attorney for a determination of their legal rights, responsibilities and liabilities, including the interpretation of any statute or regulation, or its application to the readers’ business activities.

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Erin Woulfe

Erin Woulfe

Erin Woulfe likes to write about things that matter. Keeping her finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the public sector world, she blogs about the latest legislative news and employee benefit trends that affect our school, city and county clients. She’s been with NIS since 2002. “I love connecting to our clients and providing them with the tools they need in order to administrate their plan,” says Erin. “Whether that be materials to educate their employees on certain benefits, how to effectively communicate change within an organization, or providing tips and how-to’s to help them make their job easier.”