Around 43 percent of U.S. employees work remotely at least some of the time—and that number is only expected to continue increasing, especially as the demand for freelancers and remote workers rises nationwide.
While being able to work from home, or a coffee shop, or a hotel in another country certainly has its perks (like saving time on that morning commute and, of course, not having to don that office attire), remote workers should be diligent about staying on top of employment laws as they apply to those who work-from-home so they can avoid being taken advantage of. Unfortunately, there is a great deal of misinformation out there, and very few employers actually understand how different aspects of employment law extend to their remote workers.
At Feldman Legal Group, our Tampa employment lawyers are familiar with these laws and how they may apply to you, whether you work from home full- or part-time. Concerned your employer isn’t treating you justly as a remote worker? Schedule a free case assessment with us today.
Employment Laws and Remote Positions
There are a number of ways in which employment laws are violated every day because employers don’t understand how these laws should extend to work-from-home employees. One of the most common examples our legal team sees of this is in the area of expense reimbursement. If you work from home and have been required to pay for your own remote set-up (desk, computer, work space, etc.), you may be entitled to compensation from your employer. This is because employers, by federal law, are generally supposed to be responsible for expenses related to conducting business activities from home.
On the same note, if you work from home explicitly and are required to travel to your employer’s office for any reason (such as a meeting), you may also be entitled to compensation for your travel time to the office in addition to a per-mile fuel reimbursement.
Workers’ Compensation for Remote Workers
Another common area of misunderstanding for remote workers is that of workers’ compensation law. It’s no secret that when you’re injured on the job at your place of employment, you should be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. What many workers don’t realize is that they may be legally entitled to these same benefits if they work remotely and are injured performing a work-related task—even if the injury occurs at home.
As you might imagine, lines can become a little blurry here, which is why having an experienced employment attorney to evaluate and assess your case is so important.
Rights Held by Remote Workers
Other areas of general employment law that may apply to remote workers include:
- right to receive an employee policy handbook
- right to receive federal, state, and local employment law notices
- right to rest and/or meal breaks
- access to an effective time-tracking system.
Should You Consult with an Employment Attorney?
If you work remotely and are concerned that your rights are being violated by an employer, the best thing you can do for yourself is to schedule a case evaluation with an experienced employment attorney. In the meantime, do your best to document instances where you believe your employer is violating employment law.
Feldman Legal Group is here to fight for your rights as a worker, so don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have or to request your free case assessment. We represent workers in both Florida and Georgia and look forward to assisting you.