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Frequently Asked Questions Telework

Can agencies require employees to sign a safety checklist to participate in telework? What impact does such a checklist have regarding the Federal Employees' Compensation Act?

The answer depends upon the intended use of the checklist.  If the checklist is used solely for program purposes, such as acquainting the teleworker with workplace safety, then the agency may require employees to sign such a checklist to participate in telework.  However, if the checklist is intended to have legal standing for safety and/or liability purposes, then the answer is no.

For more information, please refer to GSA's Guidelines for Alternative Workplace Arrangements.  For more information about your agency equipment policy for telework, please consult your agency telework policy or telework coordinator.

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