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Frequently Asked Questions / Future of Work FAQ / General / Are telework and remote work entitlements of employment?

General

Questions and answers

No. Existing Federal statutes, including the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010, do not extend any legal rights or entitlements to telework or remote work to any employee. Instead, telework is a strategic management tool and workplace flexibility established to facilitate the accomplishment of work, while balancing the needs of the workforce. Similarly, remote work is a human capital tool that can be used to recruit and retain a diverse workforce. Agencies should not treat telework as an exception to a traditional full-time in-person work schedule, or as a performance management tool or incentive. Rather, agencies should leverage their experiences with expanded telework during the pandemic to institutionalize telework programs as a routine way of doing business.