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.

For the complete article,
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Business Continuity/COOP

A Business Continuity Plan (BCP) without Telework is not a BCP
By Chuck Wilsker and John Edwards, The Telework Coalition
(Originally published in Association of Contingency Planners Newsletter, November 2005)

Whether you call it telework or distributed work, you need it if you want to have a comprehensive BCP. Dealing with the inability of personnel to access the workplace is an often neglected part of BCPs.  A recent study found that less than half of the organizations polled had incorporated telework into their plans. Employers go to great lengths to back up their data and infrastructure, but the inability of workers to get to either their offices or other assigned alternate work locations whether they are destroyed, quarantined, or the staff itself is quarantined, will have a devastating impact on an organization’s ability to survive.

To read the entire article, click here.

 

 

COOP – Selected Agencies Could Improve Planning for Use of Alternate Facilities and Telework during Disruptions.
This is the 2006 report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to the House Committee on Government Reform.

Click here for the full report.

 

Following are several white papers provided by our Strategic Partner The Association of Contingency Planners (ACP).

Web-Based Continuity Planning, a report by Chris Alvord, Founder, COOP Systems

Choosing BCP Software: One Organization’s Story, by Brenda E. Brown-Paul

Modeling Events to Affect a Recovery, by Garry Bond, Principal Consultant, Sage Business Associates, Inc.

 

 

 

 

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