Labor laws for remote employees depend on the specific labor laws of the country or state in question. In general, labor laws apply equally to employees regardless of whether they work from home or in a traditional office setting. There may be some differences, so it’s best to consult with an HR professional to gather all the details.
To start, it may be required for some employers to reimburse employees for expenses related to their home office such as electric or internet charges. They may also be required to provide certain equipment.
Also, it is likely that employees are entitled to the same minimum wage, overtime pay, and other protections under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA) in the US. If the employee is paid hourly, they may be entitled to receive overtime pay for any hours worked over the legal limit. It may be difficult to accurately track the hours worked which could lead to wage and hour issues, so the employer might want to look at additional applications that can be installed on the employee’s computer to track hours and completed work in order to stay compliant with any regulations and avoid any penalties.
Lastly, when it comes to workers’ comp insurance, things can get tricky with remote employees. Therefore, when an injury happens on the job, the process for filing a claim may differ. The employer and employee may be required to provide even more detailed evidence of the injury and the cause to prove that it happened during work hours.
It’s important for both employers and employees to be aware of the specific labor laws that apply to their situation. All parties want to ensure compliance with those laws to avoid potential legal issues. Consulting with an HR professional may be helpful in navigating the legal landscape around remote work. That’s where a PEO can step in.
A PEO, or Professional Employer Organization, can be a trusted advisor for your business, helping with HR, compliance, and all the regulations that come with having remote employees. If you haven’t thought about a PEO partnership, now is the time. Give us a call and we can answer any questions you may have to see how we can protect, streamline, and grow your business.