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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Public Sector

Federal Government

You Might Be Able to Flex Your Way to a Fatter Paycheck

By Brian O’Connell

Contrary to what ‘some others’ are erroneously reporting, the telework trending is upward during the last half of the first decade on the 21st Century no matter how measured…  one day per month, one day per week, part-time or full-time!

One can only speculate why anyone would suggest there is a downward ‘trend’ in the number of teleworkers???  Perhaps those so reporting have a vested interest with antiquated industrial era work practices, “ STAUTUS QUO” that continues their unique individual interest, cash flows, organizational positioning, etc… rather than supporting job growth, greater employment opportunities regardless of geographic location, and competing more effectively (and fairly) in the emerging global market place.

10/31/12

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Telecommuters Kept Patent Office at 70% Productivity During Hurricane Sandy

By Debra Cassens Weiss

The U.S. patent & Trademark Office due to its Work@Home™ Program was 70% productive during Hurricane Sandy reports both the Washington Post and American Bar Association.

Even these RESULTS are precisely what the Telework Coalition has predicted for the past decade and even those sterling accomplishments could be exceeded if TelCoa’s goal of 40% of the work force worked from home full-time was implement nationally, both in the public and private sectors.   Such a bold initiate would not only achieve job growth, but would very quickly demonstrate improved environmental benefits and huge energy utilization cost avoidances!

Posted Nov 9, 2012

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Posted Nov 9, 2012

 

Virtual Office Failing

By Marion Overholt, By Marion Overholt, The Windsor Star, February 29, 2012

Communications with Service Canada’s employment insurance has suffered connecting difficulties.  Over 9000 complaints to Parliament indicate that the unemployed spend hours on hold and the key remedy is the direct creation of jobs.

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State and Vermont State Employees Association agree on “teleworking” policy

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.

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Click here for the second

 

GSA Soon to Charge Employees for Parking

Written by Ross Wilkers

Jul 25, 2011

Effective Aug. 1, the General Services Administration will charge its employees for parking at federal office buildings and GSA-leased buildings in the National Capital Region.

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State & Local Government

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