January 18, 2018

Telecommuters Redefine Workers' Comp

Claims Management
, Cost Containment

About 3.9 million U.S. employees work from home at least half of the time, classifying them as telecommuters, according to a report by Flexjobs and Global Workplace Analytics. As such, the workspace has expanded beyond the traditional office space as advancements in technology make it possible for employees to work from anywhere.

While employers are responsible for providing workers’ compensation to telecommuters, these non-traditional workspaces come with risks as employers are unable to control the telecommuters’ environment. It is important for employers to distinguish best practices and clear job descriptions for telecommuters.

Even though employers cannot physically visit the workspace and identify the dangers that could arise, they can ask questions that pertain to the safety of the space.

Business Insurance offers some best practices for employers of telecommuters. To see their tips, read their recent article about workers’ compensation risks for remote workers.