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Remote Work & Multistate Compliance

​The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted a number of previously in-person positions to remote work and telecommuting. In the meantime, many employees have moved out of state from their usual office locations for personal or financial reasons. As a result, many employers are left wondering what their legal obligations are for remote employees working out of state. The biggest concerns are local employment laws, workers' compensation insurance, and unemployment insurance obligations.

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Multistate Compliance for Employers With Out-of-State Remote Employees
Ogletree | Apr 2021

Employment Law Posting Compliance for Remote Workers: Top 5 FAQs
SHRM | Apr 2021

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Navigating Legal and Compliance Issues of Remote Work
Conn Kavanaugh | Oct 2022

Hiring Remote Employees in Other States? Make Sure Your Business is Compliant
Smith Amundsen | Jun 2022

Employers with Out-of-State Employees: Method for Assessing Differences in Wage & Hour Obligations
Husch | May 2022

Juggling a Remote, Hybrid and/or Multistate Workforce: What Employers Should Know
Rumberger | Mar 2022

Let's assume you have an outstanding employee, Terry, who works at your Texas-based company. He also has a debilitating medical condition. Terry realizes life is far too short, so he plans to work for you full time over the next year out of his RV. He is spending summer 2021 in sunny Florida, the fall in Massachusetts to watch the leaves turn, and then the winter with his extended family in New Jersey, beginning after Thanksgiving. Assuming Terry needs medical leave at any point during this journey, is he eligible for FMLA leave? What about state leave laws? Do they apply, too?
Which Federal and State Leave Laws Apply to Your Remote Employees?
Littler via SHRM | Jul 2021

We should start with the health insurance question.  Health insurance coverage is typically limited to the plan's network of "preferred" or "in-network" providers. Otherwise, an employee will pay the provider's full rate or an out-of-network rate (if there is any out-of-network coverage at all in the plan) if they see a provider who is not considered "in network." Most health insurance plans only have "preferred" or "in-network" providers located in the state in which the plan was purchased or originated. The good news: all health insurance plans cover emergency services at any hospital in the United States.
How do we Know Which State's Laws Govern the Leaves and Benefits for our Wandering Workers?
Littler | Jun 2021

If an employer is contemplating a significant change in the terms of employment for its employees including the option of remote working, a thorough analysis of legal, tax, and employment issues should be undertaken. This analysis should include a review of the compliance requirements in each area along with a cost-benefit analysis before implementing any changes in business strategy and employment policies.
Remote Workers: Tax & Employment Law Challenges
Potomac Law Group | May 2021

The law that applies to a person's work will most likely be the law of the jurisdiction where that person is working – even if the employer is located elsewhere. With limited exceptions of states whose courts have found "extraterritorial application" of their laws, most state legislatures and courts recognize that their power to regulate the work is limited by the state's border. What does that mean for you?  It means, if your employees are working in a different jurisdiction, you need to assess and determine what compliance obligations you have in that jurisdiction, from the beginning.
What are the Wage and Hour Issues with our Wandering Workers?
Littler | Apr 2021

As employers pivot their workforces back to in-person work in larger numbers, employees are increasingly turning to legal recourse under federal, state, and local law to create headaches for employers who construe leave laws too narrowly or unthoughtfully.
Managing a Remote Workforce One Year Later: Legal Lessons Learned for Companies
Venable | Mar 2021

Any remote work arrangement should be carefully considered in advance, a written policy and understanding between the employer and employee should be put in place, and the particular laws of the remote work location should be examined and understood, ideally by experienced counsel.
So Your Employee Wants to Work Remotely Out of State
Smith Amundsen | Mar 2021

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