Definition - What does Telecommuting mean?

Telecommuting is when an employee of a company works from a place that is situated remotely from the actual office (often from his or her own house).

Generally, employment and labor laws of the state where the work is being carried out are followed. In this arrangement, communication between the employee and company is maintained through online collaborative tools, emails, the telephone, etc.

Justipedia explains Telecommuting

Advancement in technology, especially computers and communication devices, is making it more convenient for people to work from remote locations and for companies to hire talent from far away. This has given a huge rise to the freelancing industry as well.

Some companies also offer their employees the option of telecommuting part time. Laws and rules such as discrimination law, the American with Disabilities Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, etc. apply to telecommuting.

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