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Any businesses that have employees working from home, i.e., telecommuting, should establish a written telecommuting policy and have the employee(s) sign off on that document to acknowledge receipt. The document should set out the framework and processes for the telecommuting assignment, the number of hours the employee is expected to work and how hours should be recorded. It should emphasize that employees cannot abuse the system to work overtime. There are many additional issues implicated by the fact that many employees are working from home, not all of which have to do with proper compensation under wage-hour laws, but are of equal or perhaps even greater importance. The telecommuting policy must address these issues as well.

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