Flexible Working Regulations
Because the U.S. Department of Labor does not have any current rules or regulations providing for flexible work arrangements, they are a matter of agreement between employers and employees.
This means implementing work accommodations will fall largely within the purview of employers themselves. Given the pandemic’s outsized effect on the current state of work and impact on the future of work, companies may need to form an official policy to assist a variety of workers.
Managing a Flexible Work Policy
The COVID-19 pandemic forced workplaces to adapt quickly to keep employees safe and comply with state and national guidelines. Going forward, companies should take time to adequately prepare to offer flexible work arrangements, whether they are addressed on a case-by-case basis or implemented as a company-wide policy.
Regardless, it is important to have a standardized process in place to handle flexible work requests. If you are considering a company-wide policy, take the time to put together institutionalized guidelines, plan proper training, and regularly evaluate whether the program is meeting the needs of your business and your employees.
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