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! >>> Read More...
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. >>> Read the entire blog at...
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, > click-here... -------------------------

TelCoa in the News

Telework Still a Work in Progress  

By Kristen B. Frasch

TelCoa Commentary: But, is that really the case?  Sometimes foggy statistics are selected to justify conclusions (meaning it is easier to find less than representative data while under pressure to complete a story or locate numbers more familiar to those fancying outdated cozy industrial era relationships fostered by ineffective Keynesian Economics philosophies and other workplace relational policies).  At other times, newer more representative data indicating global trending (rather than local or regional data) portrays a much more complete and different picture. The growth and upward trending in telework is supported by the latest U.S. Census data; the upward swing in Work@Home™ within the U.S. Federal Government (not to mention the Australian government having announced that 12% their workers will be teleworking by 2020); and recent commentary by those either working from home during adverse weather events or experiencing other disruptions maintaining productivity from home; as well as more correctly “Distance Learning”, Tele-medicine; and other “one-way reversible” or “real-time” work related interactions from afar (for example: a pilot operating a drone aircraft on the other side of the world while being compensated for the efforts) are just some of the ever increasing TELEWORK roles not presently counted or considered by some!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

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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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4% of Miamians Working from Home, and Number Rising

By Marilyn Bowden – March 1, 2012

By 2019 the number of teleworkers could be more than 30%.  The number continues to grow because 40% of today’s workforce has jobs that can be performed remotely.  Research shows that employees who work from home are more productive, have higher retention and are easier to recruit.

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Tools That Will Empower Our Growing Mobile, Global Workforce

By Scott Lachut  January 17, 2012

Relying on mobile phones and tablet computers the traditional office is transforming and the market place has responded to enable these workers.  Among some new offerings are NTT DoCoMo in Japan offering mixed reality 3D communications.

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Making Telework Work

November 2011

Telcoa’s research and findings referenced by our friends at Alpine Access in this case their COO Rob Duncan.  The Telework Coalition reports business can save an average of $20,000 a year for each full time employee who works remotely.

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New Virginia tax breaks encourage telecommuting

By:Liz Essley | 01/02/12

According to Chuck Wilsker: Virginia is ahead of the game since Tim Kaine was governor, he really was behind telework.  Virginia offers tax breaks for telework programs up to $50,000 beginning January 1, 2012.

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Telecommuting is Coming of Age

By Jacquelyn Gutc CORRESPONDENT – Sunday, December 18, 2011

Newer generations are used to collaborating with others.  It is easier to work from anywhere and employees can save more than $8000 a year from working at home full time.

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Telework offers solution for area | Reader Letter

September 18, 2011

Kentucky Teleworks are addressing the impact of closing the Sherman Minton Bridge.  Having 40% of the teleworkable positions full time work at home greatly reduces the reliance on outdated transportation solutions.  These jobs can be done more efficiently from home – and open the highways while reducing the carbon footprint.

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When Salaried Employees Leave the Office Nest

By Michelle Leach

Policies, processes and procedures:  Telcoa’s “3P’s” are addressed by the Department of Labor in a new app for iPod users.  Will this provide the answers for Government’s daunting regulations and taxation proclivities?
Marriott’s remote agent program, “myPlace” has been in place for 4 years and is seen as seamless integration into the remote agent program while the Dept. of Labor’s program seems to be mired in status quo thinking as the reviews on the app are mixed.

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State Encourages Flexibility for Baltimore-Washington Commuters

A recent report found that area commuters spend between 50 and 70 hours a year stuck in rush hour traffic. For more than a decade, state government has allowed its employees to craft more flexible schedules and is urging others to follow suit.

February 20, 2011, By Alexander Pyles,  CAPITAL NEWS SERVICE

Zina Brown doesn’t worry about her commute to work each day from suburban White Marsh to the Johns Hopkins Medical Campus.

She takes her time, leaving her home sometime before 9 a.m., then driving an easy 15 or 20 minutes, well after commuters from the morning rush are parked and at work. She stays at work until 7 p.m., again missing rush hour.

“It definitely helps, as far as being able to cut down on the traffic and driving and helping me to save on gas,” said Brown, 47, of her 10-hour-a-day, Monday through Thursday schedule. “I’m grateful to be able to work the flex schedule.”

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