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Work-at-home situations can generate some unique claims. Aon Group’s John F. Roskopf offered these examples: The average telecommuter gains six to 10 pounds in the first six months. In one case, a telecommuter sought reimbursement from the employer for her diet program dues. The claim was denied. In another case, the telecommuter unsuccessfully claimed that the employer should be required to install air conditioning in the home workplace. In another case, the IRS ruled that freelance contractors working for Microsoft, both at home and on company premises, were employees for IRS purposes. So the freelancers demanded employee and workers’ compensation benefits. � 2000, CCH INCORPORATED. All Rights Reserved.

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