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Frequently Asked Questions Telework

Can a manager suspend or terminate a telework agreement?

Yes.  The Telework Enhancement Act allows for termination of a telework agreement if an employee does not comply with the terms of the written agreement and/or if the performance of the employee falls below a certain standard (usually fully successful).  Telework denial or termination decisions should be based on the operational needs of the organization and/or performance in accordance with the requirements of the Act and the agency’s telework policy.

When deciding to terminate a telework agreement, a manager should be able to document and demonstrate that:

  • The employee’s teleworking directly and negatively impacts the employee’s performance or the performance of the work group/organization
  • Continuation of telework will interfere with remediation of the standards such as the employee’s ability to attain or return to a fully successful performance level.
Also, as a general rule, a manager’s termination of a telework agreement should follow some basic principles:
  • Be in writing
  • Provide an explanation 
  • Be timely
  • Follow agency policies and procedures for denial/termination of telework requests
  • Include any appeals/grievance procedures available to the employee

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