President’s Corner

TelCoa thanks U.S. Representatives Jim Himes, Rosa DeLauro, and Elizabeth Esty for introducing the Multi-State Worker Tax Fairness Act, H.R. 4085, 113th Congress.

We strongly support this crucial legislation. The bill would finally eliminate the telecommuter tax, a steep penalty often resulting in double taxation of income that interstate telecommuters earn at home. The telecommuter tax unfairly burdens telecommuters and their employers and limits telework adoption. Congress must make the Multi-State Worker Tax Fairness Act law!

TelCoa and other advocates are working to secure the bill’s enactment, but we need your help!

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Guest Columnist

4 Great Examples of Telework’s Impact

by: Brie Weiler Reynolds

As champions of telecommuting and flexible work options for all, we certainly don’t have to tell TelCoa readers about the benefits of telework--we all know and love them. But as organizations like ours work to spread awareness of, and support for, flexible ways of working, it’s really important to remember the individuals for whom we work--the millions of professionals whose lives would be positively impacted by more access to telework and flexible jobs.

At 1 Million for Work Flexibility, we hear daily from supporters about why they support the expansion of flexible work options for all. Here are four great examples of why work flexibility, including telework, is vitally important to individuals, to companies, and to society.

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Hot Topics & Links

"Working from home not for everyone, but it can still be a 'win-win' for many workers and employers" is an article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer featuring TelCoa President Chuck Wilsker and Advisory Board member Diane Stegmeier.

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John M.H. Edwards

John M. H. Edwards is Past President (2000 and 2001) of the International Teleworking Association and Council (ITAC), President and CEO of the TeleworkNetwork and Telework Analytics, Inc. He served on the National and DC Metro Telecommuting and Air Quality Act (TAQA) Steering Committees of the eCommute pilot, and on the Northern VA Technology Council (NVTC) Transport Committee and as Chair of the NVTC Telecommuting Task Force. John is VP Business Developments for TeleTrips Inc., the vehicle emissions reduction & miles avoided tracking system. He served as advisor to the Internet Governance Committee of JCOTS (Joint Commission on Technology & Science) for the Commonwealth of VA. Past Director Commuter Choice™ Initiatives (2000).

His expertise and desire to champion teleworking, have gained him leadership positions on numerous industry councils, including a two term President of the Mid-Atlantic Teleworking Advisory Council (MATAC) (1997-1999), as Chairman of the Greater Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) Telecommuting Ad-hoc Group (1999-2000), and as Co-Chair of the National Environmental Policy Institute (NEPI) Smart Growth & Telework Working Group (1999).

Mr. Edwards has guest lectured at American University and Johns Hopkins’ University Graduate studies series, and is currently a USDA Graduate School Faculty Member, teaching two courses: a 2-day course on the Implementation of Telework Programs and a 2-day course on Managing Remote Workforces.

He researches the trends and impact of teleworking on employers, their employees, society, and the environment. Armed with his up-to-date research, he consults both local and international corporations and governments.  As CEO of Telework Analytics International, Inc. (TAI), he has co-created its main product – an expert software suite for the capture and analysis of telework related parameters for management decision-making – TeleworkAudits™, TeleworkAnalysys™ and TeleworkProfiler™.

Due to his teleworking research experience, John has been quoted in Home Office Computing, Inc.Magazine, CNNfn, CNN, EXBTV.com, Business Talk Radio, New Technology Week, Voice of Technology, Potomac Tech Journal, The Washington Post, New York Times, Washington Business Journal, INSIDEBIZ.com, “Cool HR Software”, HR Executive, Focus (USOPM), Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Public Employment law Report and Telecommute magazine. He has appeared on Fox News, WAMU’s Tech Tuesday, WMAL, NortelNetwork Webcast, WRC’s “Technology’s Edge Report”, and WTOP’s “Sprawl & Crawl”.

Mr. Edwards has presented in the U.S. and abroad on numerous topics related to teleworking.  Some of these include the AT&T Telework America Action Summit Series, to the Indosat Conference: Ensuring National Competitiveness in the Information Economy on behalf of the World Bank in Jakarta, to the International Quality & Productivity Center, to AASHTO (Am. Assoc. of State Highway & Transportation Officials): Impact of Telework on Transportation Patterns.

As a writer, John has co-authored, Top 10 Telework Checklist for Continuity Plans (11/01), Minimize Personal and Corporate Y2K Risk with Telework (2/99), and The Virtual Office: Telework and the Tax Professional, Journal of Property Tax Management (1999). He authored Telecommuter/Teleworker Selection, Northern Virginia Technology Council’s Voice of Technology (3/2001), Assessing Your Organization’s Readiness for Teleworking, The Public Manager (Fall 2001) and Workshop #4 of Telework America™ 1999 asynchronous curriculum: Planning The Telework Program (2/99). He also writes as a co-author under the pseudonym “The Telework Guys™”.

He holds a US Patent #6247005 for an “Expert system for research, data collection & analysis.”

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