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

Make the tax system safe for interstate telecommuting: pass H.R. 4085

This is reprinted from the OUPblog. Information on subscribing to this is available at the end of this article.

By Edward Zelinsky

Telecommuting benefits employers, employees, and society at large. Telecommuting expands work opportunities for the disabled, for those who live far from major metropolitan areas, and for the parents of young children who value the ability to work at home. Telecommuting also removes cars from our crowded highways and enables employers to hire from a wider and more diverse pool of potential employees.

It is thus anomalous that New York State’s personal income tax discourages interstate telecommuting by taxing the compensation non-resident telecommuters earn on the days such telecommuters work at their out-of-state homes. Under the misleading label “convenience of the employer,” New York subjects telecommuters to double income taxation by their state of residence as well as by New York – even though New York provides non-resident telecommuters with no public services on the days such interstate telecommuters work at their out-of-state homes outside of New York’s borders.

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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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Private Sector

Push for more Central Coast workers to telecommute

by Cathy Stubbs

Telecommuting was “intelligent business” because it improved productivity by up to 40 per cent and gave employees a better work-life balance. Teleworking will be a key plank in driving local employment and increasing the numbers of jobs and workers on the coast.

Nov 13, 2012

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More to work online, says Australian PM

PRIME Minister Julia Gillard will commit to Labor having 12 per cent of federal public servants regularly ”teleworking” from home by 2020, in a speech today to a Telework Congress at Melbourne University. At present, only about 4 per cent of the public service does so. ”Teleworking” is operating from home for one or more days a week, using high-speed broadband.

November 12, 2012

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Public Sector


Two Vermont State Employees’ Association bargaining units agree with state to new voluntary “teleworking” policies

February 9, 2012

There are two overlapping reports for the State’s teleworking policy (No. 11.9) establishing the “basic principles and conditions regarding an employee’s voluntary request to work remotely from an alternate worksite”.  The first report is more in the form of a press release and more specific.

Click here for the first report

Click here for the second



Quake jolts corporate practices [Japan Times, Tokyo]

(Japan Times Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Sept. 13–

The effects of the March 11 quake have forced companies like KDDI and Pfizer to reflect on their use of office space.  Motivated by the need to save energy KDDI’s head offices in Tokyo have increased employees’ use of flextime and telecommuting to 40%. A survey found companies allowing telework jumped to 20% from the prequake 14% reducing stress of excessive overtime, long commutes and a sense of helplessness about employee’s schedule.  Japanese values of intense working conditions and affluent lifestyle no longer seem so appealing.

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