The Telework Enhancement Act, cosponsored by Reps. John Sarbanes (D-Md.), Frank Wolf (R-Va.) and Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.), passed 254 to 152 on Thursday. It now heads to President Obama for his signature.
The vote caps a years-long effort to secure Congressional approval of a program federal recruiters believe could help woo new government job applicants eager for flexible work schedules and options. The House first passed telework legislation in July and the Senate passed a different version of the bill in September. Wednesday’s House vote was to approve the Senate version of the bill and send it to President Obama for his signature.
What does that mean for you?
If you work for a federal agency, you will be able to work remotely unless your position is specifically excluded (that means you, doctors, police officers, lab technicians, park rangers, etc.).
Telework now must become part of an agency’s contingency plans for emergency or adverse weather situations, such as the snowstorms or potential terrorist attacks. Each agency also must also designate a managing officer to oversee its telework program.
What can you do?
- Take our quiz to find out if telework is for you
- Talk to your H.R. department to see if a telework policy is in place for your office.